Ajit Pawar to stay away from NCP Mumbai workshop
In the backdrop of the buzz in the past week about him cosying up to the BJP, senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and leader of opposition in Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, will stay away from the party’s Mumbai divisional study workshop to be held on Saturday where senior NCP leaders will be present.
Party chief Sharad Pawar and state chief Jayant Patil along with other senior leaders will share the dais at the event even as sources from the Ajit Pawar camp acknowledged that he will stay away from the event due to “prior commitments” in Pune.
Sources close to Ajit Pawar, however, said that he has never attended a Mumbai divisional program as he does not interfere with organisational work that is not assigned to him. “He has pre-planned programs in Pune and he will be present there as decided,” an official told The Indian Express.
Amid rumours of him quitting the party, Ajit Pawar had attended an iftar gathering organised by the NCP in Mumbai on April 18.
NCP Mumbai’s executive president Rakhi Jadhav said party chief Sharad Pawar will be guiding party workers at the study workshop. “More than 2,000 office-bearers of the party will be present at the event where issues such as reorganisation of the Mumbai unit of the party and preparation for the upcoming local body polls will be discussed,” said Jadhav.