Monday, 6 October 2014

Minority chiefs desert NCP in favour of Congress

AURANGABAD: Miffed over not getting party nomination, NCP's state unit vice president Syed Abdul Qadeer alias Maulana and minority commission member Surjeet Singh Khungar, resigned on Sunday from the primary membership of the party. They claimed that the party had denied nomination to appropriate candidates from minority communities.

They accused former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar of treating the party as his "personal fiefdom". They said that after tolerating the high-handed attitude of the NCP leader, who favoured and promoted only established Maratha leaders, they had decided to quit the party.

Both leaders said that they have decided to support the Congress candidates and might join the Congress in the near future.

Maulana claimed that on September 18, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had asked him to prepare for the assembly election from Aurangabad Central constituency. However, the NCP announced the candidature of Vinod Patil from the constituency.

Maulana had contested the 2009 assembly election from Aurangabad Central constituency and lost the election to independent candidate Pradeep Jaiswal by a margin of about 8,000 votes. He said that he stood a good chance of winning the seat this election because of the break-up of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance.

He alleged that Ajit Pawar was behind the change in the nomination and had chosen one of his supporters to contest the election.

Khungar, who was associated with the party since 1999, said that the NCP had become a party of the Maratha community and did not care for others. "The party remembers minorities only at the time of elections. They (party leadership) didn't even talk to the minority leaders while deciding nominees in the minority dominated constituencies. They just issued a diktat and expected us to follow it,'' he said.

They have sent their resignation of the primary membership of the party to the party president Sharad Pawar, listing a number of reasons for leaving the party. Maulana also claimed that a number of other NCP leaders belonging to minority communities were planning to quit the party. Pawar,Minority chiefs desert NCP in favour of Congress,independent candidate,Congress,Ajit Pawar

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