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Ajit Pawar’s Faction is Original NCP, Secures NCP Name and Symbol: What Sharad Pawar’s Camp will do next

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has affirmed Ajit Pawar's faction as the authentic NCP, dealing a blow to party founder Sharad Pawar just ahead of crucial electoral contests. Additionally, the commission has assigned the NCP symbol, the 'Wall Clock,' to Ajit Pawar's group.

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In a significant turn of events, Ajit Pawar’s faction has clinched the name and symbol of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), potentially reshaping the political landscape for upcoming elections, including the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has affirmed Ajit Pawar’s faction as the authentic NCP, dealing a blow to party founder Sharad Pawar just ahead of crucial electoral contests. Additionally, the commission has assigned the NCP symbol, the ‘Wall Clock,’ to Ajit Pawar’s group.

The decision was based on the assessment of majority support within the legislative wing, despite both factions operating outside the party constitution and organizational elections.

Reaction from Sharad Pawar’s Camp

Members of the Sharad Pawar-led group have expressed discontent with the Election Commission’s ruling. Former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh criticized the decision, labeling it as an assault on democracy. Deshmukh suggested that external pressures may have influenced the commission’s verdict, although he did not specify further.

What’s Next for Sharad Pawar’s Faction?

With the loss of the NCP symbol to Ajit Pawar’s faction, Sharad Pawar’s group now faces a pivotal juncture. The Election Commission has offered them a one-time opportunity to establish a new political entity. They are also required to submit preferences for the upcoming elections, particularly for six seats in the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra.

Ajit Pawar’s faction’s acquisition of the NCP name and symbol could significantly impact the political dynamics in Maharashtra and beyond. The ball is now in Sharad Pawar’s court as his faction navigates the aftermath of this decision and charts a course forward in the upcoming elections.

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