Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad resigned from his post as National General Secretary on Wednesday, a day after veteran politician Sharad Pawar resigned as president of the NCP. Many more office bearers have also resigned with him, reported India Today.
NCP leader Jitendra Awhad told ANI, “I have resigned from my post of National General Secretary and I have sent my resignation to NCP chief Sharad Pawar. All office bearers of Thane NCP have also resigned after Pawar Saheb’s announcement (to resign from the post of party chief).”
However, NCP Maharashtra President Jayant Patil has not resigned from any of his posts.
Sharad Pawar, at the launch of the second edition of his autobiography Lok Maze Sangati on Tuesday, announced his resignation saying “I have decided to step down as the president of the NCP”.
A stalwart of Maharashtra politics, 82-year-old Pawar stated that he would no longer contest elections, as after a decades-long career, one must think about stopping somewhere.
“I have three years’ tenure remaining in Rajya Sabha. I will not contest elections henceforth. In these three years, I will concentrate more on issues concerning the state and the country. I will not take on any additional responsibilities… One must not be greedy,” he said.
Pawar, however, made it clear that he was not taking a backseat from politics. “My colleagues, even though I am stepping down from the post of president, I am not retiring from public life,” he said.
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