Ajit Pawar said that I am now ready to accept the responsibility of the Chief Minister of the state. I worked with both former chief ministers Prithviraj Chavan and Uddhav Thackeray. Neither of them had any experience of MLA post. I happily worked with Uddhav Thackeray. Even when Prithviraj Chavan became the Chief Minister, I gave full cooperation and worked according to the decision of senior leaders of my party.
‘Lost the post of CM due to the decision of senior leaders’
Ajit Pawar also said that NCP gets the post of Deputy Chief Minister every time. The reason is clear that every time our seats get reduced. Once NCP had a chance to become the Chief Minister, but then our senior leaders took a different decision and the party lost that chance. Regarding not attending the NCP program in Mumbai, Ajit Pawar said that my program to visit Pune was fixed two and a half months ago, so I could not attend the program in Mumbai. Confusion is being created about this through the media.
‘NCP got the post of Deputy CM even on more seats’
The Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly said that he would 100 percent become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He said, ‘Yes, I would 100 per cent want to be the chief minister.’ On asking why is NCP so attached to the post of Deputy Chief Minister? The veteran leader said that in 2004, the NCP and the Congress fought the assembly elections in alliance and the NCP got more seats. Pawar revealed that in 2004, when the NCP had won more seats than its alliance partner Congress, his then colleague late RR Patil could have become the chief minister, but a message came from Delhi that his party would get the deputy chief minister’s post.
Pawar said his colleague Patil was elected the Leader of the House and would have become the chief minister in 2004 if the top post had gone to the NCP.
Pawar said that he had already heard before the rebellion in Shiv Sena in June 2022 that the present Chief Minister Eknath Shinde was unhappy and something was going on in his mind.
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