Former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who resigned from the cabinet last week held a pre-cabinet meeting with all NCP ministers on Wednesday.
The meeting was a signal by Pawar to his colleagues and his uncle, NCP party chief Sharad Pawar that he will continue to hold reigns of the party in the state as the leader of the party in the House. Interestingly, even state party president Madhukar Pichad was present at this meeting.
A pre-cabinet meeting is usually held to decide the party's stance on the various issues to be discussed in the cabinet.
Sources told HT that it was an informal meeting and Pawar discussed the upcoming polls, including the Nanded corporation elections, and 27 municipal council polls.
"It was not clearly spelt out as a pre-cabinet meet but it is assumed that he will now hold such meetings regularly. Even though he is out of the government, he has retained his status as the leader of the party in legislature and that post comes with several powers," said a minister, who attended the meeting.