After BJP pulled off a shocker by forming Government in Maharashtra with support from Ajit Pawar backed MLAs of the NCP, Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray addressed a joint press conference. At the Press conference, Pawar tried to imply that the decision of his nephew Ajit Pawar is not in accordance with the official Party line. He also reaffirmed that his party is committed on forming a Government with the Shiv Sena and Congress, of which Uddhav Thackeray would be the head.
Here are top points from the press conference:-
1). Sharad Pawar: Ajit Pawar’s decision is against the party line and is indiscipline . No NCP leader or worker is in favour of an NCP-BJP government
2). Sharad Pawar: All the MLAs who are going must know that there is an anti defection law and the possibility of them losing their assembly membership is high.
3). Sharad Pawar: I’m sure Governor has given them time to prove majority but they won’t be able prove it. After that our three parties (Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) will form the government as we had decided earlier.
4). Sharad Pawar: Parties had their MLAs list signed by all MLAs, a similar list of NCP was with Ajit Pawar, as he is Legislative party leader of NCP. I assume that he has submitted the same list. I am not sure about this but I suspect that this may be the case. We will discuss with Governor.
5). Sharad Pawar: Today, a new NCP legislative party leader will be elected here at 4 pm.
6). Sharad Pawar: Action against Ajit Pawar will be taken as per the procedure.
7). Sharad Pawar: I don’t know if he(Ajit Pawar) has done this fearing investigating agencies or not. As per my source, 10-11 MLAs were there in Raj Bhavan and out of those, 3 are already here sitting with me.
8). Three NCP MLAs Rajendra Shingane, Sandip Kshirsagar and Sunil Bhusara alleged that they were unknowingly taken to the oath ceremony and that now they have come back and expressed support to Sharad Pawar.
9). NCP MLA Rajendra Shingane: Ajit Pawar had called me to discuss something and from there I was taken with other MLAs to Raj Bhavan. Before we could understand oath ceremony was complete. I rushed to Pawar Sahab and told him I am with Sharad Pawar and NCP.