Spl article: All is not well in NCP camp

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Amid the speculation about ‘unhappy’ Ajit Pawar and the statement of Parth on Sushant Singh’s suicide, two senior NCP leaders on Friday met the party supremo Sharad Pawar in Mumbai.

Political observers here feel that the move of two senior party leaders to meet NCP boss was an attempt to exercise of fire-fighting. In the entire process of controversies, neither Ajit Pawar nor his son Path was seen to make any statements or clarify their positions.

Even a layman can understand that Parth’s statements on Ram temple as well as his demand to CBI inquiry into the mysterious death of Bollywood actor, Sushant Singh were not possible without a blessing from Ajitdada.

Two days after Sharad Pawar publicly censured his grand-nephew, Parth, for demanding a CBI probe into actor Rajput’s death, two NCP leaders considered close to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, met the party chief here on Friday. The Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Dhananjay Munde and NCP MP from Raigad Sunil Tatkare met the party supremo at the YB Chavan Centre here.

After the meeting, both the leaders said that nobody was unhappy over the party chief’s public reprimand of Parth, who is Ajit Pawar’s son. NCP MP and Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule and Tatkare’s daughter Aditi, who is a Maharashtra minister, were also present during the meeting.

The controversy generated when Pawar said he attached” absolutely no importance” to Parth’s demand and termed him as “immature.” This had set tongues wagging in Maharashtra’s political circles with some reports claiming dispute within the Pawar family.

Asked whether Ajit Pawar is upset after the veteran leader reprimanded Parth, both Tatkare and Munde replied in the negative. But political pundits feel that it’s just lull before the storm.

They feel that infighting and discontent seems to be brewing in the NCP and the deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and his camp followers are not happy with the political developments in Maharashtra even though Sunil Tatkare said that “Ajitdada is not upset.”

“Nobody is upset. Ajit Dada is busy with his work. He is holding meetings on combating COVID-19 in Pune currently. Nothing of that sort has happened (Ajit Pawar is not upset),” Tatkare claimed. Similar views also expressed by Munde.

While justifying that “everything is ok” within the party, some NCP leaders are also cited that Parth had arrived at the veteran leader’s residence in Mumon, a day after the party patriarch publicly censured him for seeking a CBI probe into actor Rajput’s death. During the visit Parth clarified his position too, they claimed.

However, problem is that Parth, who had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election as an NCP candidate from the Maval constituency, but had lost to Shiv Sena’s Shrirang Barne, is now his ally. Parth’s supporters say that Sena is the main political rival of NCP in his constituency and hence such alliance would not be beneficial for the junior Pawar in coming days. And hence the discontentment.

If there is no discontent within the rank and file and leadership in the party and everything is all well, then why Ajit Pawar is not coming forward to clarify his stand? Moreover, why Parth is keeping mum?

The party leadership has to address all such questions being asked by political analysts of the state.