In 5 days, Maha MLA goes from Ajit camp to Sharad and back



legislator from Maharashtra’s


– Makarand Jadhav-Patil of


– joined newly-anointed deputy CM

Ajit Pawar

, less than a week after being seen siding with party patriarch Sharad Pawar as the latter travelled to Karad and back in a bid to salvage whatever remained of his borough following the split engineered by his nephew.
MLAs Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar and

Dipak Chavan

had crossed over before Jadhav-Patil did so last Friday. Hundreds of his supporters from Wai, which comprises three tehsils, followed their leader.
The NCP was split wide open on July 2 after eight MLAs took oath as ministers of the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government. Jadhav-Patil had attended the oath-taking ceremony, but the very next day, he welcomed Pawar to Satara and accompanied him on the Karad trip.
A purported video of the meeting between Ajit Pawar and Jadhav-Patil’s supporters shows the latter setting two conditions for switching loyalty – financial help to the debt-ridden Kisan Veer and


sugar factories, and a cabinet berth for the Wai MLA.

Sources said Ajit Pawar and Jadhav-Patil held a closed-door meeting after he formally switched sides.

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