Majority of NCP MLAs with me, claims Ajit Pawar


Days after leading a mutiny and fracturing the NCP, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar declared on Tuesday that he has the support of the majority of party MLAs.

After participating in the state cabinet meeting here, he told reporters, “There was nothing new as such. We and Chief Minister Shinde have worked together in the cabinet. We have experience with the cabinet.

“Most of them were ministers in that cabinet. BJP also has some ministers, like Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil. When he was in Congress, I worked with him. So it is nothing new. All works are properly going on. You should not worry at all, the majority of (NCP) MLAs are with me.”

Pawar opened a new Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) office in Mumbai near Mantralaya.
The NCP split after Ajit Pawar, the party’s working president, and some of his supportive MLAs joined the Maharashtra administration. Pawar and eight other MLAs were also sworn in as ministers in the state cabinet.