Two sitting MLAs from the city, Chetan Tupe and Sunil Tingre, were not present for this meeting which was attended by a large number of party workers who also signed an affidavit supporting Sharad Pawar and condemned deputy CM Ajit Pawar‘s move. NCP leader Ankush Kakade moved a resolution to support Sharad Pawar, which was unanimously upheld by the workers.
The leaders condemned BJP for splitting the party. They shouted slogans in support of Sharad Pawar and expressed confidence that under his leadership the NCP would sail through this period.
Jagtap said that all office-bearers and MLAs, including Tupe and Tingre, and former corporators were informed about Tuesday’s meeting. “Both MLAs may have been busy with some pre-scheduled work and hence could not attend. I am sure they will extend their support to Sharad Pawar,” Jagtap said. He added that 23 former corporators and a large number of party workers attended.
“We have passed a resolution and decided to be with Sharad Pawar in this fight. About 300 workers, office-bearers and leaders are going to Mumbai to attend a meeting he and state president Jayant Patil have called on Wednesday,” Jagtap said. Chavan said that it was unfortunate that some leaders had left the party. “They have joined hands with people our leader Sharad Pawar has been fighting against. Everyone needs to support him in this fight against BJP and its ideology,” she said.
Party workers, who attended the meeting, said that the split was a surprise. “It looks like a BJP trap and our party leaders and workers should not get ensnared. This is BJP’s attempt to eliminate opposition and regional parties,” Chetan More, NCP’s worker from Satara Road, said.
Yogesh Sutar, another worker, said that Ajit Pawar and the other leaders cannot be blamed.
“We will now focus on how the party under Sharad Pawar will flourish,” Sutar added.