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Maharashtra political crisis: Another setback for Sharad Pawar as all 7 NCP Nagaland MLAs extend support to Ajit Pawar

Sharad Pawar, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief to all the seven NCP MLAs in Nagaland has sent a letter of support to Ajit Pawar and his faction in another setback.

On Thursday morning, Vanthungo Odyuo, the NCP Nagaland president affirmed that all the seven NCP MLAs in the north-eastern state sent a letter in favor of Deputy Chief Minister Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar.

He said that he has all the papers required for their support and submitted them to the ‘high command’ Thursday morning.

Split of NCP

There was a significant shift in the political landscape of Maharashtra the last month when Pawar and eight other Nationalist Congress Party MLAs joined the BJP-Shiv Sena government. This activity effectively split the NCP, which Sharad Pawar founded.

His political plot split the party founded by his uncle Sharad Pawar and changed the political equations of Maharashtra ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

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While Ajit Pawar has drawn support from NCP leaders like Praful Patel, Chhagan Bhujbal, and Dilip Walse Patil and claimed his faction to be the ‘real NCP’, Sharad Pawar has also asserted himself to be the party boss by expelling several leaders for ‘anti-party activities’.

Last year, Ajit Pawar’s move is akin to the way Eknath Shinde split the undivided Shiv Sena and joined hands with the BJP. This pulled the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government out of governance and secured the Chief Minister’s post for himself.

On Monday, the Maharashtra government tabled the auxiliary demands worth ₹41,243.21 crore for the year 2023-24 in the state Assembly on the first day of the monsoon session with the highest allocation being sought for the Urban Development Department.

₹34,001.53 crore of the total amount is from the revenue account, and ₹7,004.50 crore in the capital account. The supplementary demands, which are additional funds sought by the government over the budgetary allocation, were tabled by Finance Minister Ajit Pawar.

This is the second-highest supplementary demand in the last three years and eight months. After the then Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government took charge in November 2019, additional requests worth ₹2,27,121.23 crore have been submitted. In Budget 2023-24, the Eknath Shinde government submitted a supplementary demand of ₹6,383.97 crore.

Of the total supplementary demand of ₹41,243.21 crore, the government has proposed an allocation of ₹6,224.55 crore for the Urban Development (UD) Department out of which ₹2,100 crore is for stamp duty surcharge of Metro Railway, while ₹3563.16 crore is towards the seventh pay commission arrears for teaching and non-teaching staff.

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(With inputs from ANI)

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