Maharashtra: Ajit Pawar Thanks PM Modi, Amit Shah, Says ‘We Will Ensure A Stable Govt’

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 24 November 2019, 05:03 PM
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. (Photo Credit : PTI file )

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would work hard for people of the state. Responding to Modi's congratulatory message after his sudden swearing in as Deputy CM on Saturday, Pawar in a tweet thanked the prime minister.

"Thank you Hon. Prime Minister @narendramodi ji. We will ensure a stable Government that will work hard for the welfare of the people of Maharashtra," he tweeted.

Pawar also thanked Home Minister Amit Shah and other Union ministers, including Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajnath Singh, and BJP working president JP Nadda.   

NCP sources said the tweet was an indication that the nephew of party chief Sharad Pawar had spurned all efforts to persuade him to rescind his shocking move to back the BJP.

Pawar was removed as the NCP's legislature unit leader on Saturday, hours after he joined hands with the BJP in a coup and took oath as the deputy of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

On Sunday, NCP leader Jayant Patil went to the Raj Bhawan on Sunday with a letter to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to inform him about replacement of Pawar’s the legislature party leader, and later claimed all NCP MLAs were with the party.

After his visit to the Raj Bhawan, Patil told reporters that he submitted a letter informing the governor about the NCP's meeting held on Saturday evening where Pawar was replaced as leader of the party's legislature wing. Patil later drove to Ajit Pawar's residence at Churchgate here to meet him.

"We have a meeting of MLAs in the afternoon. All the MLAs who were not present yesterday will attend the meeting today afternoon. We wish Ajit Pawar should not remain out so we are trying to convince him," he said.

Fadnavis on Saturday returned as chief minister propped up by Ajit Pawar, who was made his deputy, just hours after the new alliance of Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress reached a consensus that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be their chief ministerial candidate. Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were sworn in by Koshyari at a hush hush ceremony, leading to lifting of the President's rule in the state.

State NCP chief Jayant Patil will have all the constitutional rights till the next legislature party leader is elected, the party said.

First Published: Sunday, November 24, 2019 04:12 PM
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