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Sharad Pawar's succession plan for NCP: King of the castle or pawn in game?

Where does Sharad Pawar's opening gambit of elevating daughter and lieutenant leave nephew Ajit Pawar on the NCP chessboard?

Ajit Pawar

Aditi Phadnis

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“At the national level, I will report to Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel. In the state, I will report to Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, and Jayant Patil,” the new Working President of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Supriya Sule was quoted as saying in local media last week.

So many bosses!

In a way, that tells its own story.

In May this year, Pawar announced almost casually that he was stepping down from the presidency of the party he had founded in 1999 and would contest no more elections. He also set up a committee to decide on the succession.

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First Published: Jun 18 2023 | 9:26 PM IST

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