Both factions of Maharashtra’s NCP have now claimed that there is no division between them or within the party. This claim of Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar group has shocked political analysts.
This claim has come at a time when there is a dispute going on between the two factions of NCP regarding the name and symbol. Sharad Pawar faction’s NCP state president Jayant Patil said on Tuesday that it is wrong for the Election Commission to view our case as a controversy.
Recently, the Election Commission had admitted that there are now two factions in NCP and there has been a split within the party. After this there has been reaction from both the factions of NCP. Jayant Patil also accused the Commission of not giving time to Sharad Pawar faction. According to news agency PTI, Maharashtra cabinet minister and senior leader of Ajit faction Chhagan Bhujbal said on Jayant Patil’s statement that this is the right thing. We also say that there is no division in our party.
The Election Commission has accepted that there has been a schism
Recently, after a long process, the Election Commission has accepted that there has been a split in the Nationalist Congress Party or NCP. The Election Commission has called both the groups for a hearing on October 6. Before accepting the split or dispute in the party, the Commission had given time to both factions of the NCP to present evidence to show support in the legislative and organizational wings of the party.
Acknowledging that there has been a split in the party, the Election Commission on Thursday fixed October 6 for the first hearing in the dispute between the two factions led by NCP founder Sharad Pawar and his nephew, The Indian Express reported.
The letter written to both the parties on Thursday said that after considering the matter, the Election Commission has concluded that there are now two rival groups in the NCP. One is led by Sharad Pawar and the other by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.
It is believed that the decision regarding which faction will get the party symbol, name and other rights will also be taken soon. Various types of speculations have been made regarding this for a long time.
Sharad Pawar faction still considers Sharad Pawar as the national president of NCP and calls him their leader. Whereas Ajit Pawar’s group believes that now their leader is Ajit Pawar and now his claim on NCP is strong.
Ajit Pawar became Deputy Chief Minister on July 3
The dispute between the two factions in the NCP started when Ajit Pawar wrote a letter to the Election Commission on June 30, demanding recognition of his faction as the real NCP under Para 15 of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968. Was done.
On July 3, claiming the support of all NCP MLAs, he took oath as Deputy Chief Minister in the Shiv Sena-BJP government. His action created a stir in Maharashtra politics. This incident of break in NCP, an important part of the Grand Alliance, had attracted the attention of the entire country. This split in NCP was seen as a major success for BJP.
Political analysts believe that BJP tried to weaken the India alliance in Maharashtra by breaking its rival Sharad Pawar and his party NCP, which was successful. On the other hand, the opposition raised the question as to why Ajit Pawar, whom BJP had accused of corruption, was made the Deputy Chief Minister in its government.
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In this case “fundamental determination” is required
The Election Commission on Thursday, September 14, told both factions of the NCP that since both factions are claiming to be the real NCP, the matter requires a “fundamental determination” under Para 15 of the rules, the Indian Express reported. The Election Commission has directed both the parties to appear for personal hearing on October 6.
The report says the Election Commission source said that before accepting the controversy, the Election Commission had given time to both the parties to submit their evidence to show support in the legislative and organizational wings of the party. Both sides have been given copies of each other’s documents and have been asked to give written replies on them, the source said.