Ajit Pawar returns to old position in the Nationalist Congress Party

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Ajit Pawar
Ajit Pawar

Mumbai : Days after his failed rebellion and return to the Nationalist Congress Party, he seems to have taken charge of roles he used to take care of earlier. At No.2 position after Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar is taking care of major happenings in the party, including important meetings and addressing legislators at various occasions.

He was also among the key leaders who contributed the strategy for the confidence motion held on Saturday, and the Speaker election, which to be held in the state Assembly on Sunday.

Earlier, the media reports had claimed that Ajit Pawar will be given the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra post from which he had resigned a couple of days back in coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Ajit held parleys with the newly-selected Pro-tem Speaker, Dilip Walse-Patil and legislative council chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, and devised a strategy that was adopted for the confidence motion passed on the very first day of the special session of the state legislature. He also attended the business advisory committee (BAC) meeting of the state legislature on Friday. The meeting was also attended by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and other cabinet ministers.

"In the meeting [on Friday], it was decided that the floor test should be through the head count process, and not the voice vote. With this, the BJP will get no chance to poach any of the MLAs and everything will be open before the public. Ajit Pawar also advised that the floor test be telecast live on all the news channels, to which everyone agreed," said a senior leader, privy to the development.