PUNE: Former finance minister of State and Karad MLA Jayant Patil was unanimously elected as the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President for Maharashtra region. Sharad Pawar, the party’s founder, will continue as national president, as there was unsurprisingly no other applicant for the post. The party had held its Regional Committee Conference on Sunday here in the city.
The new State body will consist of Jayant Patil as the regional President and Nawab Malik as Vice-President while Hemant Takle was re-elected as the Treasurer.
Speaking about Patil’s election, former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said that the party has a lot of trust in Jayant Patil. “As the current season of IPL is going on, so is the preparation for the battle of 2019. Rohit Sharma, the captain of Mumbai Indians, took them to victory,” Pawar said, adding, “Patil is our Rohit Sharma, his batting will take us to victory in 2019.”
Pawar also said that the party needs to gear up for the battle and aim for victory. “There is a lot of unrest in the country. Neither the farmers nor the consumers are happy. There was a large scale corruption in police recruitments in the State. There is violence and rapes all over the country,” he said. “While we were going around the State for our ‘Halla Bol Yatra’, we saw that the winds are changing, we just need to make sure these winds take the NCP to victory.”
Sharad Pawar said that the party needs to make friends and increase its connect. “We need to talk and communicate with people from all communities. We need to give people the confidence that they can come to us with their issues,” Pawar said, adding, “We as a party have no issues in making alliances with like-minded parties. Friends are always welcome to join the flanks for a larger unity. We will be looking to fight as broad coalitions.”
Dhananjay Munde, the current leader of opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, said, “In 2014, State saw a change of regime. It was a difficult time for us. We suffered both in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha. Panchayat elections results too did not go as expected.” He further added, “We began our ‘Halla Bol Yatra’ in December. When we began it, the ruling party started to lose ground and now their members are worried. Only NCP stands shoulder to shoulder with the common man in times of distress. The new chief’s name is Jayant, which means a victory without end. That will stand true in 2019.”