NCP chief Sharad Pawar on July 3 sacked party’s working president Praful Patel and Lok Sabha MP Sunil Tatkare, who have sided with Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar in his rebellion, for engaging in “anti-party” activities. The action comes a day after Ajit Pawar joined the Eknath Shinde-BJP Government as Deputy Chief Minister along with eight other NCP MLAs who were inducted as Ministers.
Soon after being removed as NCP working president, Mr. Patel announced the appointment of Lok Sabha MP Sunil Tatkare as the party’s State unit chief, replacing Jayant Patil, and Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar as its legislature wing leader. Ajit Pawar said the party and MLAs were with him and the notice for disqualification against him and the eight newly sworn-in Ministers was meaningless. The Deputy CM said he had the party with him and also its symbol (clock).