Ajit Pawar’s faction of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) filed a caveat petition in the Supreme Court to make sure they get an opportunity to argue their position before the Election Commission designates their group as the “true NCP” is decided.
This action follows the announcement by Sharad Pawar’s faction that they would file an appeal with the highest court against the Election Commission’s ruling.
Election Commission Recognizes Ajit Pawar Faction as “Real NCP” Amidst Legal Dispute
Sharad Pawar, the founder of the party, suffered a setback on Tuesday when the Election Commission declared that the Ajit Pawar faction is the “real NCP”. The Ajit Pawar-led group was also given the NCP symbol “Clock” by the commission.
“…this commission holds that the faction led by the petitioner, Sh Ajit Anantrao Pawar, is the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and is entitled to use its name and reserved symbol “clock” of the purposes of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968,” the 140-page order said.
The Sharad Pawar camp declared they would file an appeal with the Supreme Court, while the Ajit Pawar faction rejoiced over the decision.
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Democracy is being murdered by this. The Sharad Pawar group’s leader, Anil Deshmukh, said.
What happened is unfortunate. It’s obvious that we’re doing two things. Initially, within the next 48 hours, we will be visiting the Supreme Court. Second, we will definitely fulfill the Election Commission’s request to provide them with three names and three symbols by tomorrow evening, according to Supriya Sule, the leader of the Sharad Pawar group.
In July of last year, Ajit Pawar left the NCP with most of its MLAs and backed the Maharashtra BJP-Shiv Sena government headed by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. Two days prior to his and eight other MLAs taking the oath of office as ministers in the Shinde government, he had filed the petition with the EC.