Rebel NCP leader Mushrif rules out any reconciliation chances with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar

MUMBAI: Maharashtra minister and rebel Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Hasan Mushrif on Thursday ruled out the possibility of returning to the party faction led by founder and supremo Sharad Pawar.

Using a Marathi phrase which means 'burning one's bridges', when asked by reporters about the possibility of returning to the Sharad Pawar camp Mushrif said,  "The decision has been taken. The ropes of retreat have been cut."  
Mushrif, who joined the Shiv Sena-BJP government in the state along with Ajit Pawar and a few other senior NCP leaders in July after quitting the Sharad Pawar faction is currently the minister for medical education and research in the chief minister Eknath Shinde-led government.

The fight between the two factions is now for the claim of being the real NCP and its poll symbol. Notably, the Sharad Pawar-led NCP has been maintaining that there is no split in the party.

Responded to the Election Commission’s queries regarding the party's name, symbol and control, asserting that there is no split within the party and the Sharad Pawar group has asserted that the 40 legislators, who had rebelled against the party, had been disqualified.  The party has filed a petition with the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly to disqualify the lawmakers.

The Election Commission on Friday met both the warring factions of the NCP where Sharad Pawar was present at the personal hearing of the rival factions called by the Election Commission, which decided to continue the proceedings on October 9. 

Ajit Pawar, who had moved the Election Commission staking claim to the party name and poll symbol, has submitted that he had the support of 42 of the 53 MLAs in Maharashtra, six of the nine MLCs, all seven MLAs in Nagaland and one member each in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. 

At the hearing, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared before the poll panel on behalf of Sharad Pawar. Senior advocates N K Kaul and Maninder Singh were present on behalf of Ajit Pawar.


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