Following Ajit’s departure, the Kerala division of the NCP demonstrates unwavering backing for Sharad Pawar

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Kerala NCP Unit Supports Sharad Pawar After Ajit Pawar’s Surprising Move

In an unexpected turn of events on Sunday afternoon, the Kerala division of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) extended its support to Sharad Pawar, shortly after Ajit Pawar, along with a group of MLAs, joined the Maharashtra government under Eknath Shinde. Ajit Pawar’s oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, along with the swearing-in of eight NCP MLAs as ministers, took many by surprise.

AK Saseendran, the Forest Minister in the CPI(M)-led government in Kerala and a senior NCP leader, expressed his discontent with Ajit Pawar’s decision, emphasizing that it went against the party’s principles. “We are part of the NCP led by Sharad Pawar. Ajit Pawar and others betrayed the party. Those who follow national politics cannot justify Ajit Pawar’s actions. His decision was driven by his personal thirst for power,” Saseendran stated.

He further affirmed that the NCP’s state unit would align with the Left Front in Kerala and firmly stated that the party would not cooperate with the BJP, emphasizing that this sentiment was shared across all state units.

In response to the developments, Sharad Pawar held his first press briefing after the NCP split, declaring that appropriate action would be taken against party leaders who had defied the party’s stance and joined the state government. Pawar clarified that the decision to align with the BJP-Shiv Sena government was not made by the NCP. He expressed his intention to rebuild the party by reaching out to the people.

“The party’s top office-bearers, including its state unit president and the national committee, will deliberate and take action against the colleagues who violated the party line,” Pawar affirmed.

Addressing the issue of succession within the party, Pawar had announced in June that his daughter, Supriya Sule, would serve as the party’s working president, indicating his efforts to plan for the party’s future. However, he rescinded his decision to step down from the post of NCP chief within three days due to protests from party workers.

It remains to be seen how Sharad Pawar, considered one of the prominent leaders of the Opposition, will navigate the political landscape ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. With several leaders vying for the Prime Ministerial race, the unity among Opposition parties against the BJP will be a significant factor in determining Pawar’s influence and prominence.

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