Mumbai, Nov 24: The Nationalist Congress Party on Saturday sacked rebel legislator Ajit Pawar as NCP Legislature Party chief and replaced him with state Party President Jayant Patil.
An NCP meeting, in which party President Sharad Pawar, top leaders and around 50 Legislators were present, also resolved that all powers of Mr Pawar to issue the whip and function as the NCP Legislature Party have been withdrawn with immediate effect. In his place, Mr Patil will be the new NCP Legislature Party leader and take all other decisions pertaining in the matter.
As an additional precaution, the party took the signatures of all the present newly-elected NCP MLAs with their names, to endorse the unanimous decision. Party spokeperson Nawab Malik said that 50 MLAs were present in the party meeting, while four, including Mr Ajit, did not attend it.
Mr Ajit was appointed to the coveted post on October 30, a week after the election results were announced on October 24.
At that time, BJP and Shiv Sena were engaged in a bitter tug-of-war over the post of CM, which ultimately led to the collapse of their pre-election alliance, pushing the Sena to explore new political avenues with the Congress-NCP alliance.
The developments within the NCP came barely 12 hours after Mr Ajit abruptly joined hands with BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, which resulted in a political mayhem in the state.
While Mr Ajit was sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Fadnavis returned as the Chief Minister around dawn by Governor BS Koshyari. (UNI)