He was speaking to reporters in Baramati on Sunday night after the Nationalist Congress Party felicitated Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. “I have expressed my wish [for a post in the party] on the stage where all the leaders were present. Now, the party has to take a call,” he said.
If the party has to progress, each section (in the party) should get a representation, Pawar added.
Ajit Pawar says anybody can work in any position
Pawar is the leader of the opposition in the state assembly. When he was asked why he wanted to quit this post, he said, “I have worked as an MLA, MP, cabinet minister, deputy chief minister and now am the leader of the opposition. Is it wrong if I want to work for the party’s organisation? Anybody can work in any position,” he added.
After he put forth his demand during the NCP’s event in Mumbai, Chhagan Bhujbal, another senior leader, had expressed his interest in the post of NCP’s state president. Pawar on Sunday backed Bhujbal. “He has all rights to make a statement,” he said.
If the party has to progress, each section (in the party) should get a representation, Pawar added. “In a democratic structure, everyone has the right to express an opinion. Though the final call remains with the party, it does not mean that you cannot put forward your opinion,” he said.
On his discussions with Siddaramaiah, Pawar said he was curious about the implementation of the popular schemes he had announced in Karnataka like free bus rides and depositing money in the bank accounts of the elderly women. TNN