According to NCP insiders, the reason for the curious turn of event was to avoid friction among party leaders over the RS candidature. Sunil Tatkare, state NCP chief, however said the decision hinged on legal issues around the disqualification petition filed against Patel by the Sharad Pawar-led faction of NCP
The Maharashtra political drama is far from over. On Monday, rebel NCP leader Ajit Pawar, Praful Patel and several of the MLAs who defected with them reached the YB Chavan Prathishthan at Nariman Point to seek Sharad Pawar’s “guidance”
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and NCP leader Praful Patel have sought the intervention of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the ongoing dispute over portfolio distribution. The Shiv Sena-led government has reportedly been resisting giving up portfolios to accommodate the NCP. Meanwhile, there is also a dispute over the distribution of cabinet berths and guardian ministerships. The NCP claims that all issues will be resolved by Thursday, but a BJP official suggests that a cabinet expansion may only happen on Friday.