Ajit Pawar claims many BJP MLAs are keen to join NCP

Ajit Pawar

Mumbai : After the success of MLC elections in Maharashtra recently, the senior NCP leader and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar now predicted that several BJP leaders would join the Maha-Vikas-Aghadi soon.

Pawar trained his guns at BJP after the MVA’s win in four seats out of six in just concluded council elections, claimed that many BJP legislators are keen to leave the party and join NCP. In the next four months, many BJP legislators will join the NCP and, thereby, become part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, said the deputy chief minister, after former MLA from Hatkanangale constituency and Jansurajya Party leader Rajiv Awale joined NCP.

The senior NCP leader also made an emotional appeal to the BJP legislators to join MVA. Join MVA or NCP, it will be the responsibility of the ruling alliance partners to win the election against BJP, he asserted.

The deputy chief minister, who tried to form an alternative government with BJP in November, surprisingly snubbed saffron party for making repeated statements with regard to the fall of the Shiv Sena-led MVA government because of internal contradictions. Pawar added that these predictions will be proved wrong and the MVA government, which completed one year in the office last month, will complete full term as the government is strong and stable.

Lashing out at the BJP he said that instead of counting the days of the MVA government, it should self-introspect about its rout in the council elections. It is a wakeup call for the BJP, he warned and claimed that many BJP legislators, including those who had left NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena ahead of the last assembly elections and were elected on a BJP ticket, are keen to call it a day.

The deputy chief minister reminded BJP that the people have rejected it in the recently held council elections to the graduates and teachers constituencies, where NCP and Congress won two each and one by an independent. BJP has failed to open its account despite loud claims.