Ajit Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), declared on Friday that his group is prepared to assert its claim to the position of Maharashtra’s chief minister (CM) at any moment, rather than waiting for the general elections in 2024.
In a press conference at the Pune District Cooperative Bank, Pawar was addressing.
When asked why the NCP was so fixated on winning the position of chief minister, he responded, “In 2004, NCP had more seats than Congress and the position of chief minister was all set to go to the NCP but the party received the deputy chief minister post. The dominating party is NCP. Instead of waiting for the general elections, we are prepared to declare our candidature for the position of CM at any time.
Pawar also discussed a number of concerns concerning the cooperative industry and the effectiveness of the Pune District Cooperative Bank. He went to Ahmednagar Road on Friday afternoon to inspect the progress being made on several projects.
When Ajit Pawar abruptly cancelled his scheduled meetings and made remarks that were perceived as being light on the BJP and the team of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, rumours about his upcoming political move began to circulate last week. The BJP is a member of the Shinde administration.
To reduce traffic on Ahmednagar Road, the NCP leader suggested that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) expand the double-decker highway from Wagholi to Shikrapur to Viman Nagar. In order to do this, Pawar agreed to set up a meeting with Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. Pawar also suggested that the flyover from Shikrapur to Viman Nagar be taken into account when the Maha Metro conducts its metro planning.
The NCP leader also made it clear earlier this week that he did not obtain any MLAs’ signatures about the rumours of a partnership with the BJP.