The Shiv Sena (UBT), the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) partner in the Opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi, has raised concerns over NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s statements on Ajit Pawar being a party leader, saying that this was creating confusion in the minds of party workers and people in the state.
Pawar said in Baramati on Friday that some leaders have left the NCP by taking a “different political stand” but it cannot be termed as a split. “Ajit Pawar is our leader. There is no dispute about it,” he said. A day earlier, NCP MP Supriya Sule too had said that there was no split in the party.
“There is no doubt that such statements by Sharad Pawar are creating confusion in the minds of workers and people of the state. If he is saying that Ajit Pawar is their leader who is now in NCP, then of course there is confusion about his stand too,” Shiv Sena (UBT) MLC and Opposition leader in the Legislative Council Ambadas Danve said.
“Some people left our party and betrayed us, we call them traitors. The same thing happened in NCP, some people have left the party by indulging in anti-party activity so that is also betrayal. They (NCP) may not consider them as traitors but we consider those who left Sena as traitors only,” Danve added.
Danve, however, insisted that he still felt that such statements would not create any friction or clashes in the MVA and the Opposition alliance was still intact.
“I personally feel that the issue (of split in NCP) has gone to the Election Commission and such statements are being made to safeguard the party’s name and poll symbol and the constitution,” Danve added.
Interestingly, in the case of Shiv Sena too, none of the factions had accepted that there was a split in the party. Even in the state Legislative Assembly, none of the factions have made a representation stating that they are separate groups.