NCP leader Nawab Malik speaking to reporters in Mumbai on Sunday. Photo/ANI
NCP leader Nawab Malik speaking to reporters in Mumbai on Sunday. Photo/ANI

50 NCP MLAs with us, 4 with BJP will also be back: Nawab Malik

ANI | Updated: Nov 24, 2019 21:24 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Nov 24 (ANI): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said on Sunday that 50 of its MLAs were with Sharad Pawar, while BJP had just four who are also likely return to the fold soon.
"We have the support of 50 of our MLAs. All of them are not staying at the hotel. Only 4 MLAs are with are with the BJP and we are hopeful they will come back with us," NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik told reporters here.
Malik added that the NCP was hoping for Ajit Pawar's return to the party's fold to accept Sharad Pawar's decision.
"In his tweet, Ajit Pawar has clearly stated that he considers Sharad Pawarji as his leader. We are hopeful that Ajit Pawar will realise his mistake and will be back to accept Sharad Pawar's decision," Malik said.
Earlier today, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar said that he is in the NCP and asserted that his uncle and party chief Sharad Pawar is "our leader".
"I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and Sharad Pawar Saheb is our leader. Our BJP-NCP alliance shall provide a stable government in Maharashtra for the next five years which will work sincerely for the welfare of the State and its people," tweeted Pawar.
"There is absolutely no need to worry, all is well. However, a little patience is required. Thank you very much for all your support," he further tweeted.
After prolonged uncertainty over the government formation that lasted for nearly a month, Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday early morning took oath for the second consecutive term as the state chief minister, while Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as his deputy chief minister.
However, the NCP has removed Ajit Pawar as the leader of its legislative party.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that the decision of his nephew Ajit Pawar to align with BJP was against the party line and any MLA who aligns with him is likely to face anti-defection law. (ANI)