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Sharad Pawar Raises Concerns Over MLA Disqualification Verdict

NCP President Objects to Speaker's Meeting with CM Shinde Ahead of Decision

January 09, 2024: In a press conference held in Mumbai, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar voiced objections regarding the upcoming verdict on the MLA disqualification dispute between Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the group led by Uddhav Thackeray. The decision, scheduled to be delivered by Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar on January 10, has come under scrutiny as it was revealed that Narvekar met with Chief Minister Shinde prior to the announcement.

Addressing journalists’ questions about the meeting, Sharad Pawar expressed concerns, stating, “It is a simple matter. There is room for doubt because those who have a case and who are going to take a decision go to them.” This assertion has sparked discontent within the Thackeray group, further intensifying the controversy.

Rahul Narvekar defended his meeting with Chief Minister Shinde, emphasizing the responsibility of the Legislative Assembly Speaker to uphold the dignity of the post. Pawar added a suggestive note, mentioning, “Devendra Fadnavis must have information about tomorrow’s result,” hinting at potential political dynamics at play.

On the ongoing controversy surrounding NCP’s symbol and the party, Sharad Pawar stated, “Both sides have presented arguments. But the decision has not come yet. We are waiting for the result.”

Pawar also commented on the closed doors for prominent leaders, asserting that the cord of return has been cut for Ajit Pawar. Addressing ageist criticism, he remarked, “If the question is age, many examples can be given. But I will not say much about it. It is better to ignore it. Since 1967, I have not taken a day off.”

When questioned about the unity within the India Aghadi, Pawar expressed determination that, despite any disputes, they will come together and find a way out.

Responding to queries about the recent Enforcement Directorate (ED) raid on MLA Ravindra Waikar’s house, Pawar commented, “These things will continue till the Delhi government is not in place.”

Finally, addressing the issue of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Pawar revealed, “We have sent the proposal regarding EVMs to the Election Commission. But the Election Commission has not agreed to give time or discuss. Jairam Ramesh has given 12 letters to the Election Commission regarding this matter.”

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