Ajit Pawar to meet PM Modi on July 18 to address concerns of Maharashtra farmers
Latest Updates Nashik: Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar, announced that he has a scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 18th. He intends to discuss the challenges faced by farmers in the state during the meeting. Pawar, along with other Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs, expressed satisfaction with the allocation of portfolios after joining the Eknath Shinde-led government on July 2nd.
During a media interaction in Nashik, Pawar stated, "On July 18th, I will meet PM Narendra Modi. I will raise various farmer-related issues with him. (NCP leader) Praful Patel and I will also attend the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting." The Deputy CM visited Nashik to participate in the 'Shasan Aplya Dari' (government at your doorstep) program.
When asked about Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut's reported claim regarding the finance portfolio, and the alleged condition of giving up the CM's post, Pawar responded, "I am unaware. This seems like an attempt to needlessly disrupt the atmosphere. We are content with the portfolio allocation."
Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar, emphasized that the decision regarding the expansion of the cabinet rests with the Chief Minister, refraining from providing further comments on the matter. At present, the Shinde-led government comprises 28 cabinet ministers, with no ministers of state. The maximum capacity of the ministry is 43 members.
Speculation had arisen that the state ministry expansion would occur on Friday, but it did not materialize. When asked about the pending civic elections in the state, Pawar revealed that several issues, including the reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBC), are currently awaiting a verdict from the Supreme Court. The Maharashtra Election Commission has issued instructions to prepare electoral rolls in preparation for the elections.
Pawar added that once the electoral rolls are completed and the Supreme Court provides its decision on the pending matters, the state elections will proceed. He assured that there would be equal progress throughout the state and emphasized the importance of unity among the various communities and castes. Within the "Mahayuti" (grand alliance), concerted efforts will be made for the development and welfare of all.
In response to the observation that posters welcoming him in Nashik did not feature pictures of NCP founder Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar clarified that Sharad Pawar is their inspiration and idol, with his photograph prominently displayed in his own cabin.
During his visit, Ajit Pawar mentioned the distinction between politics and family matters. He expressed the value placed on family and traditions, explaining that his visit was prompted by his aunt, Pratibha Pawar, undergoing a hand-related surgery at Breach Candy Hospital in south Mumbai. After her discharge, Ajit Pawar visited Sharad Pawar's official residence, Silver Oak, to meet Pratibha Pawar. He clarified that their meeting did not involve any political discussions, focusing solely on family matters.
Addressing the NCP name and symbol, Pawar affirmed their commitment to resolving people's issues as a governing body. He reassured that no legislature membership would be jeopardized and emphasized their dedication to not betraying the trust of their supporters. Pawar also commented on the current water situation, highlighting the insufficient rainfall recorded in the state. As water levels in dams have dropped, he emphasized the need for careful water usage.
Ajit Pawar arrived in Nashik by the Vande Bharat Express train, where he received a warm welcome from his supporters. This marked his first visit to Nashik since joining the Shinde-led government.