Setting aside speculations that he was upset for losing the Deputy Chief Ministership, Maharashtra PWD and Tourism Minister Chhagan Bhujbal today said he had seen several ups and downs in his life and would never leave the NCP.
"I have actively participated in the birth and formation of the NCP and will continue to stay in the party. I have seen several ups and downs in my life and I am not upset," Bhujbal said while addressing party workers at a felicitation function of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other ministers.
He recalled in 2003, he was forced to quit as Deputy Chief Minister. "I was sad not at resigning as Deputy Chief Minister but at the false allegations over the Telgi scam. I was the one who got Telgi arrested and now he is being punished," Bhujbal said.
"Now, there is no reason for me to feel upset. I have not done anything," Bhujbal said taunting Ashok Chavan of Congress who had to resign over allegations of his involvement in the Adarsh Housing scam. Bhujbal said he was the NCP's first state president and the first deputy Chief Minister.
"I got an opportunity to be in the post thrice," he said. The NCP leader said Ajit Pawar had his full support. "Success or failure of Ajit Pawar affects the entire party and not him individually," Bhujbal said urging party workers not to put leaders in uncomfortable position by asking undue favours.
"You all know what happened in case of Adarsh housing society," he said. He said unseasonal rains had damaged crops and farmers are in a misery. "I am going to Nashik to assess the damage. If I had gone directly giving this programme a miss, newspaper would have said I had boycotted this event. Hence, I decided to come for sometime," he added.