Days after swearing in as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar on Wednesday said he wants to become the Chief Minister of the state and implement plans that he has for people’s welfare.
“I want to become Maharashtra chief minister to implement certain plans I have for people’s welfare,” the NCP leader said.
Addressing the meeting of MLAs and leaders of NCP camp led by him, Ajit said, “In the 2004 Vidhan Sabha election, NCP had more MLAs than Congress. Had we not given Chief Minister post to Congress at that time, till date, Maharashtra would have had a Chief Minister only from Nationalist Congress Party.”
Recalling the meeting at Thackeray residence, in 2017, Ajit said, “We had a meeting at Varsha Bungalow. On the orders of the senior leaders of the party, Chhagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patel, I and several others had gone there. Several leaders from BJP were also there. There were discussions among us over cabinet portfolio allocation and positions of Guardian Ministers. But later our party took a step back.”
On Sunday, Ajit Pawar led a vertical split in the NCP to become deputy chief minister in the Shiv Sena-BJP government. Eight other NCP MLAs were sworn in as ministers in the Shinde cabinet.