Mumbai: A day after reports surfaced of him leaving his Nationalist Congress Party convention in New Delhi midway, Maharashtra’s Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar on Monday said he had only “went to the washroom”. He rubbished the news reports – which suggests internal strife within the party in its two-day national convention – as absolutely misleading and speculative.
“I had been sitting on the stage since morning. It was natural for any person to want to go to the washroom. But the media has exaggerated it. Can’t I even step into the washroom?” Angry Ajit Pawar said.
Saw the Saturday-Sunday conference Sharad Pawar re-elected NCP President For the 8th consecutive term since the inception of the party in 1999.
At the peak of deliberations on Sunday, Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar was suddenly seen getting up and walking as state NCP president Jayant Patil began his address, fueling intense political rumors of a gap in the top leadership.
Clearing the air on Monday, Ajit Pawar slammed the media and asked them to report only facts without resorting to political kite flying.
“I was there to speak on state-level issues. It was a national conference and so did state president Jayant Patil,” he said.
According to reports, NCP general secretary Praful Patel had announced that Ajit Pawar would speak before Sharad Pawar’s address.
However, when Ajit Pawar’s turn came, he was absent from the stage and by the time he returned from the washroom, Pawar Sr. had started speaking, spreading rumours.