Thane: Ajit Pawar’s Warning: Maratha Activist Faces Government Opposition on OBC Status Protest

Kalyan, 8th January 2024: Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, issued a stern warning to Maratha activist Manoj Jarange Patil against his proposed protest in Mumbai for Kunbi (OBC) status to Marathas, asserting that the government would not tolerate any violation of the law. In a subtle comment, Pawar also suggested that his uncle and NCP chief, Sharad Pawar, should consider retirement from politics at the age of 84.

Speaking at a party event in Kalyan, Ajit Pawar emphasized adherence to the Constitution and made it clear that extreme demands beyond the existing reservation percentages would not be entertained. While not explicitly mentioning Jarange Patil, Pawar stressed the importance of respecting the law, declaring that no one is above it.

Ajit Pawar indirectly addressed the prolonged political career of Sharad Pawar, suggesting that certain traditions involve stepping back at a certain age, using the retirement age of state employees as an example. Without naming his uncle explicitly, Pawar indicated the need for individuals to recognize when it’s time to step back from active political roles.

References to the political rift between Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar, who aligned with the BJP in 2023, were subtly made. The ongoing case with the Election Commission regarding party name and symbol ownership was alluded to without specific details.

Ajit Pawar expressed the need for collaboration among parties in Maharashtra to support Narendra Modi’s candidacy for a third term as India’s Prime Minister. He praised Modi’s leadership and initiatives, attributing India’s global prominence to them. Pawar emphasized the importance of government support at both state and central levels for problem-solving and development, emphasizing a commitment to public welfare over personal gains.