NCP accepts Ajit Pawar's resignation

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 13:24 hrs

Ending days of speculations, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday accepted the resignation of party leader Ajit Pawar as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Union Agriculture Minister NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who participated in the legislature party meeting here, said the resignation of other party ministers were not accepted.

"NCP meeting is done and we have discussed the situation in the state. NCP MLAs wanted Ajit Pawar´s resignation to be withdrawn," Sharad told reporters after the meeting.

"I am going to ask Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to accept Ajit Pawar´s resignation as Deputy Chief Minister," he said.

Sharad said the resignation of other NCP ministers were rejected.

"The resignation of other NCP ministers were not accepted. I have asked other NCP ministers who had quit along with Ajit to continue their work from tomorrow," he said.

He said the white paper on irrigation in the state should ´be brought out soon´.

Sharad earlier in the day met Ajit ahead of the crucial NCP legislature party meeting here.

According to reports, the meeting took place at Union Minister and senior party leader Praful Patel´s residence.

Ajit on Tuesday resigned from the Maharashtra government over an irrigation scam, plunging the ruling Congress-NCP coalition government into a crisis as his resignation was followed by the exit of all other NCP ministers.

Sharad on Wednesday said his party will continue to support the Maharashtra government.

Several NCP MLAs rallied behind Ajit and shouted slogans outside the Maharashtra Assembly on Wednesday claiming innocence of the leader.

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