Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar has announced his resignation as the party’s chief. The decision was made at the party’s national executive meeting in Mumbai, where Pawar expressed his desire to step down and recommended the appointment of a new president.
Pawar, who is 81 years old, has been a prominent political figure in India for decades. He was a founding member of the NCP, which was formed in 1999 after a split from the Indian National Congress. Since then, he has served as the party’s president and has also held various positions in the Indian government.
The announcement of Pawar’s resignation comes at a time of political turmoil in the state of Maharashtra, where the NCP is a major player. The party is part of the ruling coalition in the state, but has faced criticism from opposition parties over its handling of various issues.
Despite stepping down as party chief, Pawar is expected to continue to play an important role in the NCP and in Indian politics. The appointment of a new president is expected to take place in the coming days.
Pawar’s resignation is likely to have significant implications for the NCP and for Indian politics as a whole. The party will now have to navigate a period of transition, while Pawar’s future role in Indian politics remains to be seen.