Formation of Short-Lived Government with BJP:
Ajit Pawar broke away from his uncle and the NCP to form a short-lived government with the BJP in Maharashtra. He was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister alongside BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis in a surprise ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. However, the government lasted only 80 hours before collapsing.
Deputy CM in MVA Government:
After the collapse of the BJP-led government, Ajit Pawar rejoined the NCP and later served as Deputy Chief Minister in the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Uddhav Thackeray. He held the position for two and a half years until the alliance government dissolved in June 2022.
Meeting with BJP Leadership:
Prior to Sharad Pawar’s announcement to quit as the party chief (later withdrawn), Ajit Pawar visited Delhi to meet with BJP leadership, indicating a potential association with the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.
Supriya Sule’s Elevation:
After Sharad Pawar withdrew his resignation, he appointed Supriya Sule and Praful Patel as the NCP’s working presidents, bypassing Ajit Pawar. This decision is seen as a significant factor behind Ajit’s defiance and his subsequent move to join the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.
Sworn in as Deputy CM:
On Sunday, Ajit Pawar was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the fifth time, joining the government led by Eknath Shinde. He will share the post with BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis. Eight other MLAs also took the oath to join the Maharashtra government.
Sharad Pawar’s Response:
Sharad Pawar commented on his nephew’s rebellion, stating that it may be new for others but not for him. He emphasized that the NCP will not engage in fights over individuals making statements and will instead go to the people. He defended the decision to share power with the BJP, citing the NCP’s ability to work with various parties for overall development, although he stated that Ajit’s stance was not in line with the NCP’s principles.