The Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) units in Pune city on Tuesday passed resolutions announcing their support for Sharad Pawar amid a vertical split in the party led by Ajit Pawar. The resolution was passed ta the 23rd Monthly Executive Meeting of Pune City Nationalist Congress Party at Nehru Art Gallery in Shivajinagar.
The party's Pune city unit passed a resolution in a meeting held here in the presence of the NCP's city unit president Prashant Jagtap, Pune spokesperson Ankush Kakade, Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan, party leader Ravindra Malavadkar, and several party workers were present.
The party in the resolution condemned the BJP's "dirty political stand" and stated that the saffron party was aware that without finishing the NCP, it will not be able to achieve its "desired" objective.
On Sunday, senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar led a vertical split in the party to become a deputy chief minister in the one-year-old Shiv Sena-BJP government, shocking his uncle Sharad Pawar, who founded the party 24 years ago after quitting the Congress.
Apart from Ajit Pawar, eight other NCP MLAs, including Chhagan Bhujbal and Hasan Mushrif, were sworn in as ministers in the Eknath Shinde cabinet.
Here's what the resolution says
"Today, the NCP is going through a difficult situation. While the party founded by Sharadrao Pawar is entering its silver jubilee year, confusion has been created among people because of a different stand taken by some leaders," the resolution stated.
Sharad Pawar created several generations of leaders in politics and was instrumental in giving several posts and positions to them, but some remained "ungrateful", it said.
A "politics of vendetta" is being witnessed in the country since 2014 and the developments that took place two days ago are part of that politics, the resolution said.
"The BJP is doing all this knowing that without finishing the NCP their desired goal will not be achieved. We condemn their 'dirty political stand' in strong words," he said.
The resolution further asserted that the NCP headed by Sharad Pawar is the "real" party.
"We will stand strong behind Sharadrao Pawar and will abide by any decision he takes. We express our faith in the NCP, headed by him, and state that the Pune NCP is with him." the resolution said.
Thousands of office bearers from Pune city will also be attending the executive meeting to be held in Mumbai, demonstrating their commitment to the party's leadership. As part of the plan shared by the state executive, Pune city will also submit thousands of affidavits to the Nationalist Congress Party regional office.
Critiquing the Shinde-Fadnavis government in the state, NCP city President Prashant Jagtap stated that the ruling parties failed to address the problems faced by farmers, workers, small landholders, low-income citizens, and the common people of the state. He emphasized that the NCP party, as the opposition, is committed to standing up for the rights of the common citizens.