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Updated on: Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 09:56 AM IST

Maha Game Over? Assembly official says Jayant Patil is NCP whip not Ajit Pawar

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The NCP on Saturday evening removed Ajit Pawar as the party's legislature unit leader after he joined hands with the BJP and took oath as the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra.

But the debate went on, about whether Ajit Pawar is the NCP’s whip or not. but now reportes have surfaced saying that, NCP's legislature secretariat submitted on Monday that state NCP president Jayant Patil is the party’s chief whip not Ajit Pawar. A leading daily has qouted an official who states that in the legislature’s record they have received communication from NCP saying Patil has been appointed as the new leader of the NCP legislature party and that powers to issue whip have been entrusted to him.

The official further told the leading daily that thiugh Ajit Pawar was appointed the NCP whip on October 30, there now record of any communication to the legislature secretariat. But the official, further added that NCP informed the secretariat that Pawar had been sacked and Jayant Patil appointed in his place, and that Patil now has powers for issuing the whip. So for the legislature secretariat, Jayant Patil is NCP’s whip and not Ajit Pawar.

Ajit Pawar was removed as the NCP's legislature unit leader on Saturday, hours after he joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a coup and took oath as the deputy of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday returned as chief minister propped up by Ajit Pawar, who was made his deputy, just hours after the new alliance of Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress reached a consensus that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be their chief ministerial candidate.

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Published on: Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 09:56 AM IST
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