Amid the continuing stalemate over the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, NCP chief and Union Minister Sharad Pawar is arriving here tomorrow and is expected to take a final call on the issue. Pawar will attend a meeting of the NCP legislature party at 4 PM tomorrow, party sources said today.
A meeting of NCP legislators had yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution requesting Ajit Pawar to take back his resignation.
Top NCP leaders are in Kolhapur today to attend the funeral of party veteran and former state Assembly Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan held a series of informal meetings at 'Varsha', his official residence, with Congress leaders and legislators on the prevailing political situation.
State Congress chief Manikrao Thakre also met party office bearers and workers at the state party office to apprise them of the developments. Congress sources speaking on condition of anonymity said there is no need for the party to convene a formal meeting of
office bearers or legislators because no decision is required to be taken now.
"The only decision that is to be taken by Chavan is on accepting Ajit Pawar's resignation. This will be done after he talks to Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar," the sources said. In an indication of a division in the party on Ajit Pawar's resignation, NCP legislators yesterday requested him to withdraw it, while Sharad Pawar's close aide and Union Minister Praful Patel said it should be accepted. However, everybody has maintained that Sharad Pawar's decision will be final.
Talking informally to the media, Ajit Pawar had last night rejected suggestions of a rift between him and uncle Sharad Pawar. "This (reports of rift) is a creation of the media. Sharad Pawar is the supreme leader of the party and his decision (on the resignation) will be final," he said but refused to comment when asked if he would withdraw the resignation if asked by the NCP supremo.
Gujarat CM's aide Amit Shah as general secretary has been appointed in-charge of Uttar Pradesh for 2014 elections.
Karunanidhi's outburst comes at a time when sibling rivalry between Stalin and former Union minister MK Alagiri has taken centre-stage in the party.
Congress leader and former Union minister EVKS Elangovan on Sunday said there was a possibility of his party heading a new alliance sans the two major Dravidian parties - DMK and AIADMK - for the next Lok Sabha elections.
Two cabinet ministers in Andhra Pradesh charged in the YS Jaganmohan Reddy's disproportionate assets case are likely to resign following orders from the Congress central leadership.
West Bengal Agriculture Minister Malay Ghatak received a letter threatening to kill him and his family unless he resigned from the Cabinet and quit Trinamool Congress.
Opposition parties in WB demanded deployment of central paramilitary forces in an all-party meeting to ensure proper, free and fair panchayat elections.
DMK leader MK Stalin on Friday surrendered his illegally-imported Hummer to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Chennai.