‘Won’t in­vite CM to fe­lic­i­tate NCP lead­ers’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: Tak­ing cog­ni­sance of sen­ti­ments of its grass-root level ac­tivists, the NCP has de­cided not to in­vite chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis for fe­lic­i­ta­tion of its party lead­ers, at least till the 2019 Lok Sabha and as­sem­bly polls.

When NCP leader and for­mer deputy chief min­is­ter Ajit Pawar an­nounced ag­i­ta­tion against the BJP-led gov­ern­ment, par­tic­u­larly Fad­navis, he was asked if the NCP has launched a protest against the CM, how it was invit­ing him to fe­lic­i­tate party lead­ers. He replied that here­after the CM would not be in­vited for fe­lic­i­ta­tion of NCP lead­ers. “We are not ri­vals for ever; it is not in our cul­ture. It’s fact that NCP had in­vited Fad­navis for the fe­lic­i­ta­tion of se­nior NCP lead­ers. Here­after we will not in­vite the CM,’’ Pawar said.

Amonth ago, NCP was at the re­ceiv­ing end for invit­ing Fad­navis for the fe­lic­i­ta­tion of state party Pres­i­dent Su­nil Tatkare on his 61st birth­day. Fol­low­ing a hue and cry, Fad­navis did not at­tend the event. Sub­se­quently, Fad­navis was the chief guest at the event to mark the 61st birth day se­nior NCP leader and for­mer as­sem­bly speaker Dilip Walse Patil.

—Pra­fulla Marpak­war

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