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Ajit Pawar not to change mind

Despite the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators requesting the former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar to withdraw his resignation, it is unlikely that he will go back on his decision. On Wednesday the NCP supremo and union minister Sharad Pawar clearly stated that his party would continue supporting the Congress-led central and Maharashtra governments. According to reports, Pawar said, 'There is no question of withdrawing support.'

Talking to Millennium Post on this issue, the senior NCP leader D P Tripathi said, 'Our view is very clear. We want Ajit Pawar's resignation to be accepted. His resignation is a mode of protest, combat and struggle against all those allegations hurled against him. The whole party is united in his support.' He added, 'The NCP will continue to support the Maharashtra government. The government in the state will be stable and effective. There is no danger to it.'

The NCP leadership, however, has completely dismissed the buzz in political circles about differences emerging between Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit. Tripathi said, 'That is a figment of someone's imagination, and it does not even deserve a laughter.' Ajit Pawar had submitted his resignation on Tuesday to the Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, after varied reports surfaced about his alleged involvement in the irrigation scam during his stint as water resources minister between 2004 and 2009.

Meanwhile, amidst talks in some quarters that resignation of Ajit Pawar was a move aimed at dislodging Chavan from chief-ministership, the Congress has called a meeting of its Maharshtra legislators in Mumbai on Thursday. Sources in the party said that it would not be an official meeting of the Congress Legislature Party but an informal session to take stock of the political development.
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