VASCO: Reacting to Maharashtra politics, Goa NCP President Jose Philip D’Souza said that he is firmly with Sharad Pawar.
“Goa unit of NCP is fully with Sharad Pawar, we are awaiting further instructions from party high command. We will not join hands with BJP govt in Goa,”
Ajit Pawar on Sunday joined hands with the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in Maharashtra to become the deputy chief minister, after leading a revolt in the NCP, triggering a split.
Eight other NCP leaders, some of whom are close aides of Sharad Pawar, who hopes to become a key player in an anti-BJP front, took oath as ministers in the Shinde-Fadnavis government.
Ajit Pawar has served as deputy CM five times, including twice before 2019 in a Congress-led government.
In November 2019 after the Assembly polls and the split between the BJP and the undivided Shiv Sena, the government of Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar, who were sworn in at a early morning ceremony by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, lasted just 80 hours as Pawar junior was unable to cause a split in his party.
The swearing-in of Ajit Pawar and several of his colleagues as deputy chief minister and ministers has meant Maharashtra has seen four oath-taking ceremonies in as many years at its stately Raj Bhavan.
In November 2019, after the Assembly polls and the split between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena, Devendra Fadnavis and NCP’s Ajit Pawar were sworn in as CM and Deputy CM, respectively, in an early morning ceremony in Raj Bhavan. The government lasted just 80 hours as Pawar was unable to cause a split in his party.
Within a month, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as CM after his party joined hands with the NCP and Congress to form the Maha Vikas Agahdi government.
The MVA government fell in June last year after minister Eknath Shinde and 39 MLAs revolted against Thackeray and split the Shiv Sena. Shinde was sworn in as CM on June 30 with the support of the BJP. This time, Fadnavis as made deputy CM.