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A day after being expelled from the party, Praful Patel claims that 51 NCP legislators suggested an alliance with the BJP for Sharad Pawar in 2022

According to Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel, 51 of the party’s 53 state legislators proposed Sharad Pawar join forces with the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was in power when the Maha Vikas Aghadi administration fell apart last year.

When Ajit Pawar became the deputy chief minister of the Eknath Shinde administration on July 2, Praful Patel sided with Ajit Pawar. If the NCP can form government with the Shiv Sena, why not with the BJP?, Patel reportedly said in an interview.


On Sunday, eight more ministers—including Pawar—became part of the coalition administration. Among them are Chhagan Bhujpal and Hasan Mushrif.

After Eknath Shinde rebelled and subsequently established a government with the support of the BJP and Devendra Fadnavis as deputy chief minister, the MVA administration headed by Uddhav Thackery fell in June 2022.

Praful Patel on the NCP breakup
There were conversations about this matter, but no decision was made, according to Praful Patel. A shape has now been shown. Not me or Ajit Pawar alone, but as a group, we made the choice.

In addition, he said that Jayant Patil was one among the 51 NCP leaders who supported a BJP coalition. Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik, according to him, were the only two MLAs who weren’t there when this recommendation was made.

Additionally, he said to the media, “The NCP ministers submitted a letter to Sharad Pawar urging the party not to remain out of power. Investigating the prospect of working for the government is not harmful.

When questioned about why no action was done to join the government, Patel said, “No decision was reached and the other side may have felt we were not required.”

Sharad Pawar’s decision to step down as party leader (a few months ago), Patel said, surprised him considering their close proximity.

Sharad Pawar won’t be angry with me, I believe. He said, “I’ll deal with any emotions he has for me.

This occurs a day after Sharad Pawar tweeted that Praful Patel had been dropped from the NCP Party’s Register of Members due to “anti-party activities.”

When questioned about Jayant Patil’s plea to the Assembly Speaker asking that Ajit Pawar and eight other MLAs who joined the governing coalition be disqualified, Patel said that the party has not had any internal elections.

“Jayant Patil has not been elected the state party president, and there is no sanctity to decisions taken by him,” he said.

When asked about Sharad Pawar’s decision to exclude him from the party, Patel stated he did not want to respond.

When asked whether he will join the Union cabinet, Patel said that nothing had been determined at this time.

We are now with them. Possibly later, he said.

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