Veteran politician and former Union Minister Sharad Pawar has decided to step down as the president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). There is no announcement regarding who will step into his shoes as the NCP chief.
Pawar said at the launch of his autobiography Lok Maze Sangati’s second edition: “I have decided to step down as the president of the NCP”. He added he would no longer contest elections and that one must think about stopping somewhere after such a long career.
“I have three years remaining in Rajya Sabha. I will not contest elections henceforth. In these three years, I will concentrate more on issues concerning the state and the country. I will not take any additional responsibilities… One must not be greedy,” the former Union Minister said.
Pawar’s supporters protested against his announcement to resign as the NCP chief. NCP leaders urged Pawar to reconsider his decision as slogans of ‘take back your decision’ erupted through the hall. After Pawar’s speech was over, loyalists also greeted him with folded hands and requested him to rethink his decision. Jayant Patil and Anil Deshmukh were among senior NCP leaders present when Pawar announced his decision to resign.