The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashish Shelar on Monday dubbed as “bogus” the letter submitted by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine to the Maharashtra Governor to claim that they have the numbers to form Government in the State. “It is a bogus letter as technically Ajit Pawar is still the leader of the NCP’s legislature wing and he has extended support to the BJP,” Shelar told reporters here. “The NCP has still not suspended Ajit Pawar from his post as leader of the party’s legislature wing and membership of the party.
Hence, Ajit Pawar is still the leader of the NCP in the Assembly,” he said. Shelar pointed out that the NCP has delegated Ajit Pawar’s powers to Jayant Patil, but it has not elected the latter as leader of the party in the Assembly. “And his powers are yet to be validated by the governor of the state. Besides, the Congress has not even elected its leader of the House, hence the signature of Balasaheb Thorat as state president has no meaning,” the BJP MLA said.
Later in the day, BJP leader and former Maharashtra minister Ashish Shelar taunted the Sena-NCP -Congress for “identification parade” of their MLAs and termed it as a cruel joke on the people of the State and democracy. Shelar said that his party will win the “photo finish” race during floor test in the Assembly. This unprecedented public parade cannot be equated with a floor test in the Assembly, he said, minutes after the drama.