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Resignation after meeting MLAs: Ajit Pawar

PTI  Satara, April 12, 2013
First Published: 01:19 IST(12/4/2013) | Last Updated: 02:27 IST(12/4/2013)

Amid clamour for his resignation over controversial remarks on drought, Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday said any decision on the issue would be taken only after consulting party legislators.

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“When I had resigned the last time, it was my personal decision. However, this time I will take a decision only after talking to the MLAs who have selected me their leader,” he told reporters at Phaltan in Satara district.

Ajit, nephew of NCP chief and Union agriculture minister

Sharad Pawar, was asked about the Opposition’s demand for his resignation following his remarks that have kicked up a huge controversy in the state.

Opposition BJP and Shiv Sena have been gunning for Pawar over his crass “urinating-in-the-dam” statement over water scarcity being faced by farmers of drought-hit Maharashtra despite his repeated apologies and admission that it was “one of the biggest mistakes in my political life.”  Even Sharad Pawar sought to cool down tempers by apologising on his nephew’s behalf.

However, the apologies failed to cut ice with the Opposition which stalled proceedings of the two Houses of the state legislature for three consecutive days.

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