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No order from NCP brass to back BJP in Ahmednagar: Pawar

Breach of trust: The Congress and the NCP jointly contested the recent Dhule and Ahmednagar civic polls.

Breach of trust: The Congress and the NCP jointly contested the recent Dhule and Ahmednagar civic polls.  


18 NCP corporators voting for BJP in civic polls will not affect alliance with Cong, says Sharad Pawar

Denying that there was any directive from the party brass to back the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Ahmednagar civic body, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said the Ahmednagar incident will not impact the Congress-NCP alliance in the upcoming elections.

Call for investigation

Speaking to reporters in Ahmednagar, Mr. Pawar admonished the 18 refractory NCP corporators who voted for the BJP in the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation (AMC), while stating that their actions would be investigated in the next five days.

“After I made it clear that the party will not ally with the BJP, it escapes me how [the NCP corporators] disobeyed my orders and decided to tie up with the saffron party,” said Mr. Pawar, who hinted that even the NCP’s MLAs in Ahmednagar could be questioned.

“Even the party’s State president [Jayant Patil] had given explicit instructions to the corporators not to vote for the BJP…this is a very serious affair and merits a stern investigation,” the NCP chief said.

Written explanations

He said that written explanations had been sought from the errant NCP corporators asking them to justify their action.

“Despite the Sena winning the maximum seats and the NCP emerging second in the AMC poll, the civic body now has a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from the BJP,” he said.

He, however, refused to say what penalty would be meted out to the rebel corporators. “The Ahmednagar incident will not have any impact on the Congress-NCP alliance at the Centre and the State,” he said.

Mr. Pawar reiterated the need for Opposition parties to come together to defeat the BJP but refused again to comment on who would lead the mega-coalition.

The Congress and the NCP had jointly contested the recently concluded Dhule and Ahmednagar civic polls. The Sena, which won 24 seats, emerged as the largest party while the NCP secured 18, the BJP 14 and the Congress five seats respectively.

Yet, the NCP supported the BJP in the Mayoral elections held on December 28, which led to a BJP Mayor and Deputy Mayor being elected in the 68-member AMC.

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