Chief of Nationalist Congress Party Sharad Pawar and party member Praful Patel have tendered their resignation to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Pawar is also said to have met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The decision comes over Sharad pawar not being given the number 2 spot in the UPA cabinet, which has been given to AK Antony. Sources have stated that the duo will not be attending offices on Friday.
According to sources, Pawar and Patel had skipped the Cabinet meeting on Thursday even though matters related to Pawar’s ministry remained high priority for the day. When asked about reports related to Prime Minister’s initiative to mollify him, Pawar said “no comments”. Pawar is also believed to be fuming over the rejection of his nominees for the post of Governor and chairmanship of NABARD and NAFED. Adding to this, projects involving Sharad Pawar have not yet been cleared either.
However, the Congress Party has defended their stand on the matter. Arguing that while the NCP had only 9 MPs, the Congress was a larger constituent of the UPA, which makes Antony eligible for the spot.
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