Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra's Deputy President Minister, slammed state Congress chief Nana Patole's claim that the NCP backstabbed the Congress in Gondia ZP by joining up with the BJP as "nonsense." Pawar questioned whether the BJP should also accuse Patole of betraying it, given that he left the saffron party to join the Congress in 2018. He also reminded Patole that Congress and BJP share control in local governments across the state.
"Nana Patole's statement is absurd. You are all aware that he joined Congress after leaving the BJP
. So, should the BJP accuse him of betraying it by joining the Congress?" Pawar inquired. Pawar stated that responsible leaders must ensure that their comments are not misunderstood when speaking. He noted that in the current state of affairs, the Shiv Sena
, NCP, and Congress can only cross the 145-seat threshold in the 288-seat Maharashtra Assembly if they work together.
He stated that there may be disputes between the two parties' leaders at the district level, but that such difficulties will not emerge if the MVA constituents work together. Pawar stated, that Congress
, the NCP, and the Shiv Sena all have the right to expand their bases.
Meanwhile, Patole maintained his accusation that the NCP
had betrayed the Congress by allying with the BJP in the Bhandara, Gondia Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti President elections. "By doing so, the NCP has violated the signed agreement between the Maha Vikas Aghadi allies to gain power in these elections. "If this isn't backstabbing, what is it?" he wondered.