Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar announced on Tuesday that he would be stepping down from the position of party chief.
Pawar announced his decision while speaking at the Yashwantrao Chavan Pratisthan in Mumbai for the book launch of his autobiography. NCP leaders and workers reacted vehemently to Pawar’s announcement.
“I have decided to step down as the president of the Nationalist Congress Party,” he said.
Pawar also disclosed the formation of a panel made up of senior party figures. However, party members and leaders pressed Pawar to reverse his decision. They threatened not to leave the venue unless he rescinded his decision.
Pawar, a four-time Chief Minister of Maharashtra, who also held the positions of Union Defence and Agriculture Minister, played a key role in bringing together an unlikely alliance of the NCP, the Congress, and the ideological rival Shiv Sena to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government following the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections.
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