File photo of Ajit Pawar Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai along with Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackray, Sharad Pawar said, 'Today, a new NCP legislative party leader will be elected here at 4 pm.'
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will elect new legislative leader, party chief Sharad Pawar said on Saturday after he was removed from the position.
In a surprising turn of events, Ajit Pawar on Saturday joined hands with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and took oath as the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra. While BJP's Devendra Fadnavis became the Chief Minister and took oath for the second consecutive term.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai along with Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackray, Sharad Pawar said, "Today, a new NCP legislative party leader will be elected here (Mumbai) at 4 pm."
"Action against Ajit Pawar will be taken as per the procedure," Sarad Pawar also said.
Earlier in the day, reacting to the developments, Sharad Pawar said it was Ajit's personal decision to join hands with BJP and not of the NCP's.
"Ajit Pawar's decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra Government is his personal decision and not that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his," he tweeted.
The move came at a time when deliberations between Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena had seemingly reached the final stage on Friday.
On Friday, Sharad Pawar had claimed that there was a consensus on Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister of the alliance government.
The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, could not stake claim to form a government as its ally Shiv Sena remained firm on rotating the Chief Minister's post and equal sharing of Cabinet berths.
Shiv Sena parted its ways with BJP to explore ways to form a government. It, however, failed to prove the support of the required number of MLAs in the time given by state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
(With inputs from agencies)