Dramatic twists and turns continue in Maharashtra as hours after extending support to Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar, NCP ‘rebel’ MLA Diliprao Shankarrao Bankar has tweeted a photo with party chief Sharad Pawar saying that he stands with him. "My faith is on Sharad Pawar, I am with NCP only. I went to Raj Bhavan when Ajit Pawar asked me to go with him,” Bankar, MLA from Niphad Assembly constituency, said.
Bankar is among the nine MLAs who are on the way to Delhi in a private jet. Other in the plane are Daulat Bhika Daroda (Shahapur), Narhari Sitaram Zirwal (Dindori), Sunil Chandrakant Bhuasara (Vikramgad), Anil Bhaidas Patil (Amalner), Nitin Arjun Pawar (Kalvan), Sunil Shelke (Maval), Babasaheb Mohanrao Patil (Ahmadpur), and Sanjay Bansode (Udgir).
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According to reports, a large number of NCP supporters have gathered outside gate number 8 of the airport. They are protesting against the MLAs who have extended support to Ajit Pawar and the BJP.
Angry NCP workers in Thane also hit Ajit Pawar's portrait with footwear, saying he had betrayed the party. In a stunning development, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar took oath as the Maharashtra chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively.
As the news about Pawar's unexpected move spread, local NCP workers gathered at the party's district office in Naupada area here and shouted slogans against him.
The protest was led by NCP leader in Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) Milind Patil. Several women workers also joined them.
"Pawar has betrayed NCP chief Sharad Pawar, the party and the citizens of Maharashtra," Patil said. A similar protest was also held at Kalyan in the district. Meanwhile, there was an eerie silence at BJP office in the city.
A local BJP leader said the party leadership has instructed them to keep a low profile till the floor test is done.