Where does the elevation of Supriya Sule and Praful Patel as NCP’s working presidents leave Ajit Pawar? Some think it will thwart his ambition. Others say he remains the one NCP leader with consummate clout on the ground
NOT SUCH A BRAVE FRONT: Ajit Pawar at a press conference in Mumbai, June 8. (Photo: ANI)
The power struggle within the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) took a significant turn on June 10 when party supremo Sharad Pawar announced the appointment of his daughter and Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule and former Union minister Praful Patel as the working presidents of the party. With Sule thus anointed as her father’s political heir, all eyes are on her mercurial cousin and Maharashtra leader of opposition Ajit Pawar. Ajit refused to comment immediately after his cousin’s appointment as the effective No. 2 in the NCP. He later denied that he was upset. “I am very content,” he told the media. “This is unnecessary (speculation).” Ajit also tweeted in support of the newly-appointed functionaries.