NCP chief Sharad Pawar, accompanied by his senior leaders, met Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in Pune to discuss the merger of both the NCP factions.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde during the inauguration of the Chandani Chowk interchange flyover, as well as the Khed and Manchar bypass in Pune on the same day, has ignited speculations about a potential leadership shift in the state.

The crucial role of Sharad Pawar’s support in his quest to secure the position of Maharashtra Chief Minister. This realisation stems from the challenges he might face in achieving favorable outcomes in the upcoming Lok Sabha and state assembly elections without Sharad Pawar’s backing.

The hour-long meeting, which has triggered a wide array of speculations in state politics, was held at businessman Atul Chordia’s bungalow in Koregaon Park in Pune. Sharad Pawar’s convoy left Chordia’s house an hour before Ajit Pawar’s.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar communicated to Ajit Pawar that his faction would not merge with the ruling NCP. However, he did not object if other leaders aligned with his nephew.

Ajit Pawar is earnestly pursuing this position, even as the BJP extends offers, such as appointing two cabinet ministers from the NCP and the position of Chief Minister. This offer comes with the condition that Senior Pawar either retires or directly collaborates with the BJP.

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