NCP leader Jayant Patil expressed confidence in the EC that it would make the right decision regarding the party’s name and symbol amid an ongoing dispute with Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar. File | Photo Credit: Twitter/Jayant_R_Patil
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader (Sharad Pawar faction), Jayant Patil, on Saturday, expressed confidence in the Election Commission (EC) and said that it would make the right decision regarding the party’s name and symbol amid an ongoing dispute with a faction. led by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.
The NCP, founded by Sharad Pawar, witnessed a vertical split on July 2, with Mr. Ajit and eight MLAs joining the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government.
Both the factions have submitted petitions to the EC concerning the party’s name and symbol.
“We have written to the EC on the matter. These days the method of stealing parties is on but we have complete faith in the EC to give the right decision,” Mr. Patil said. He said that Mr. Sharad Pawar is the founder and the president of the NCP and some people are trying to push him aside.
On the quota issue in the State, Mr. Patil noted the need for a caste census to address issues related to other backward classes (OBCs).
Further, highlighting the ongoing political divisions in the State, the NCP State president said that Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar should promptly decide on disqualification pleas against several Shiv Sena MLAs, including Mr. Shinde.