September 22, 2023

Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale met Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on the latter’s residence right here on Thursday and mentioned Pawar’s help to the NDA will “additional weaken” the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).

Athawale, who heads the Republican Social gathering of India (A), mentioned it was a courtesy go to after Pawar turned the deputy CM of the state.

Ajit Pawar on Sunday led a vertical break up within the Nationalist Congress Social gathering (NCP) to change into deputy chief minister within the Shiv Sena-BJP authorities.

Eight different NCP MLAs, together with Chhagan Bhujbal and Hasan Mushrif, had been sworn in as ministers within the Eknath Shinde cupboard.

Chatting with reporters after assembly the deputy CM, Athawale mentioned, Ajit Pawar’s help to the Nationwide Democratic Alliance (NDA) has elevated the energy (of the ruling facet) within the Maharashtra Legislative Meeting to greater than 200. His help will outcome within the MVA getting weakened additional.

The MVA includes the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT), Sharad Pawar-led NCP faction and the Congress.

In June final yr, the MVA authorities of Thackeray collapsed after a revolt led by Eknath Shinde towards the Shiv Sena management. The revolt additionally led to a break up within the Shiv Sena.

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First Printed: Jul 06 2023 | 1:34 PM IST