Sharad Pawar announces he’ll continue as party chief

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar on Friday announced that he will continue to serve as the party chief, ending four days of suspense following his resignation on May 2.

Making the announcement in a crowded press conference, Pawar said “I am overwhelmed with the love, trust and faith showered on me. Considering the appeals made by all of you and honouring the decision of the Committee constituted by the party, I am withdrawing my decision to retire,”

He also said that his decision to retire had evoked strong sentiments among the people, party workers, office-bearers and his colleagues were disheartened to hear it.

Pawar recalled how, in the past four days, all his well-wishers and others unanimously appealed to him to reconsider his move, including leaders from various political parties from all over the country, soon after his announcement during the release of his autobiography, “Lok Maze Sangati”.

“All my wishers unanimously appealed to me to reconsider my decision. At the same time, the leaders from various political parties, my colleagues and well- wishers from all over the country and especially from Maharashtra persuaded me to change my decision,” said Pawar.

Reacting to Pawar’s announcement, NCP State President Jayant Patil said all in the party are extremely happy with Pawar Saheb’s decision to take back his resignation and continue as the party supremo.

“We are grateful that Pawar Saheb has respected the wishes of all the party leaders and workers to remain as the party chief and guide us all for the upcoming challenges,” remarked a beaming Patil.

Immediately after Pawar’s announcement, the NCP erupted into joyous celebrations, lighting up fire-crackers, distributing sweets, shedding tears of joy, some impromptu breaking into a ‘fugdi’ dance and general revelry in Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Solapur, Satara and other places. UNI

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