Ajit said he made a mis­take: Pawar

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspond­ent let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

MUMBAI: NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Mon­day that se­nior party leader and his nephew, Ajit Pawar , had con­fessed to him that al­ly­ing with the BJP was a mis­take. The 78-year-old leader also in­di­cated that he may for­give Ajit for the mis­ad­ven­ture that barely lasted 80 hours.

In an in­ter­view to a Marathi TV chan­nel, ABP Ma­jha, Pawar said Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had made an of­fer to work to­gether, which he re­jected.

Pawar said that Ajit, who was widely con­sid­ered as the num­ber 2 in the party be­fore he broke ranks and backed BJP’S Deven­dra Fad­navis, was irked by the long ne­go­ti­a­tion and dis­agree­ments be­tween the NCP, Congress and the Shiv Sena on Novem­ber 22.

“... Ajit took this call that night. He was told oath has to be taken im­me­di­ately, if this deal had to be done. Later, Ajit told me he made a mis­take,’’ said Pawar.

Pawar in­di­cated that his nephew would be for­given and pointed out that a large sec­tion within the NCP looked up to Ajit’s lead­er­ship.

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