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Election Commission to Resolve NCP Faction Dispute: Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar Clash Over Party’s Identity


Mumbai | September 15, 2023 : The Election Commission has scheduled a hearing for October 6th to settle the contentious dispute within the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The dispute stems from a rebellion led by Ajit Pawar against his uncle Sharad Pawar, as both factions lay claim to the NCP’s name and election symbol.

In a surprising turn of events, the Election Commission will play a pivotal role in determining the legitimate faction within the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The conflict between Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar has escalated to a point where the Commission’s intervention has become essential. The decision to conduct a hearing on October 6th follows a series of events that have shaken the NCP’s stability and unity.

The dispute hinges on the interpretation of Para 15 of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order 1968, which outlines the procedures for resolving such conflicts. In light of this, the Election Commission has summoned both factions to attend the hearing either in person or through their authorized representatives.

This conflict traces back to Ajit Pawar’s rebellion against his uncle Sharad Pawar, which led to his alignment with the Maharashtra government under Eknath Shinde. On June 30, Ajit Pawar approached the Election Commission, seeking approval to contest elections under the NCP’s name and symbol, effectively staking his claim to the party’s leadership. Subsequently, he declared himself the party president with the backing of 40 MLAs.

Sharad Pawar’s faction, however, contends that there is no internal dispute within the party, asserting that the separation of some members, including Ajit Pawar, was driven by personal ambitions rather than ideological differences.

The ongoing political drama also relates to the turbulent period when the Uddhav Thackeray-led government in Maharashtra faced upheaval in June of the previous year. Eknath Shinde’s rebellion led to the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, which consisted of the NCP, Congress, and Shiv Sena, with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s support. During this tumultuous period, many NCP MLAs were transported to Surat, Gujarat, and later to Assam.

Ajit Pawar’s recent revelation about the majority of NCP MLAs urging Sharad Pawar to support the BJP during the government’s turmoil has added fuel to the fire. He asserted that if his claims are proven false, he will retire from politics, challenging those who accuse him of spreading falsehoods.

The upcoming hearing on October 6th will be a critical moment for the Nationalist Congress Party as it strives to reconcile its internal divisions and determine the party’s rightful leadership. The decision reached by the Election Commission will undoubtedly have far-reaching consequences for the political landscape in Maharashtra.

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