Ajit Pawar, who had lent support to the BJP-led government on Saturday, resigned as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@AjitPawarSpeaks)
Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal on Tuesday said that Ajit pawar, who joined the BJP to form government, has contributed to the organisation and appealed to the party president Sharad Pawar that he should be persuaded to return to the party fold. The remarks from the senior NCP leaders has come after Ajit Pawar tendered his resignation as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra. His resignation forced BJP's Devendra Fadnavis to step down just three days after taking oath as the chief minister.
Speaking at the joint meeting of the 'Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi' of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, Bhujbal said Ajit Pawar’s presence was necessary to strengthen the fledgling alliance. "Several people have worked hard for the the NCP. I want to mention, Ajit Dada's contribution is big in this regard. Mistakes happen...We need some key people to be around to strengthen this alliance," Bhujbal said.
He said state unit NCP president Jayant Patil and senior leader Praful Patel take initiative to bring back Ajit Pawar. "We request you to allow us to do that," Bhujbal appealed to Sharad Pawar. After Ajit Pawar joined hands with the BJP on Saturday and announced support to the BJP, he was sacked by the NCP as the legislature party leader.
However, the Sharad Pawar didn't oust him from the party and continued to convince him to leave the BJP. Pawar , along with his daughter Supriya Sule also met with Ajit Pawar after the joint meeting at his residence. During the meeting, the three NCP leaders and family members are likely to sort out their differences.