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Pawar's nephew says he was not sidelined

Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit on Tuesday clarified that he was not unhappy with the decision to select Chhagan Bhujbal as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, reports HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2009 16:30 IST
HT Correspondent

Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit on Tuesday clarified that he was not unhappy with the decision to select Chhagan Bhujbal as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra.

Ridiculing reports in a section of the media that he was sidelined, Pawar said he was very much part of the decision. "Some of us discussed the issue with central observer Praful Patel and unanimously decided to select Bhujbal. There is no question of me being angry or unhappy," Pawar said while speaking with the media at length.

Under its power sharing formula with the Congress, the NCP will get deputy chief ministership while the Congress will get chief ministership. Congress has already chosen to continue Ashok Chavan as chief minister. On Monday, the NCP, too, decided to continue Bhujbal as deputy chief minister.

Following this, a section of NCP legislators expressed unhappiness. With Ajit Pawar remaining incommunicado after the meeting, there were speculations that he was angry with the leadership over the decision.

"Everybody likes to be on top but once a unanimous decision is taken, all of them have to abide by the same. The reports that have appeared are wrong,"Pawar told the media. He also denied that he was pacified with a promise that he would get deputy chief ministership after a year or two. "Once you appoint a leader, you have to give him sufficient time to function. The decisions are not taken like this,"he added.