New Delhi: Amid speculation that Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly and nephew Ajit Pawar may be leaning towards the BJP, Sharad Pawar, one of the founders of the NCP, on Tuesday announced his resignation from the post of party president. This created a sharp stir in the state’s politics.
Efforts are being made by some party leaders to convince 82-year-old Sharad Pawar to continue as NCP president. Sharad Pawar announced his resignation during the launch of his autobiography ‘Lok Majhe Sangati’ in Marathi language
“I have decided to retire from the post of NCP national president today,” Pawar said. Sharad Pawar, who played a key role in efforts to bring opposition parties together ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, said, “After a long public life from May 1, 1960 to May 1, 2023, it is necessary to take a step back.”
Sharad Pawar said that it is time for the new generation to guide the party. He said that a committee of NCP members should decide on the election of the party president. “I am not retiring from public life. There will be no separation or public retirement from my side. I was, am and will always be with you till my last breath.”
At the same time, Ajit Pawar met at his house after announcing his resignation and said, “Sharad Pawar has said that I need 2-3 more days to consider. Many office-bearers in Maharashtra have resigned, they should stop immediately,” Ajit said.