Pawar Loss

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Sharad Pawar’s Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party is in dis­ar­ray ahead of the Ma­ha­rash­tra assem­bly elec­tion, with Maratha and Other Back­ward Class lead­ers quit­ting in droves. OBC faces Jaidutt Kshir­sagar, Sachin Ahir, Avd­hoot Tatkare and Ganesh Naik and Maratha lead­ers Rana Jagjitsinh, Dhanan­jay Ma­hadik and Bhaskar Jad­hav have joined the Shiv Sena or the BJP. Had the BJP al­lowed ev­ery de­fec­tor in, Amit Shah joked at a re­cent rally in the state, only Pawar would have been left in the NCP. An an­gry Pawar threat­ened to walk out—of his own press con­fer­ence—af­ter a jour­nal­ist asked him why his rel­a­tives were leav­ing the party.

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