Ajit Pawar: News

Ajit Anantrao Pawar is a senior politician of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from Maharashtra and the nephew of party chief Sharad Pawar. As of 2021, he is the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Finance in Maharashtra's Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Pawar marked his entry into politics by winning a cooperative sugar body's poll in the 1980s. Since his first time in 1991, Pawar has been an MLA in the Maharashtra State Assembly from the Baramati constituency and has often held multiple portfolios, including the post of Deputy CM. He has served Maharashtra in his capacity as the Minister of State for Agriculture and Power and Minister of Water Resources, among others. In the past years, many controversies have cropped up around the NCP leader, ranging from serious corruption allegations to backlash on his controversial remarks. In 2021, Pawar was also under the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) scanner for alleged corruption and money laundering offenses in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam.

18 Jul 2024

Chhagan Bhujbal

Ajit Pawar meets Pune NCP leaders amid mass defection 

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar convened an urgent meeting with party leaders at the Pune Circuit House on Thursday after as many as 25 of its leaders switched sides.

17 Jul 2024

Eknath Shinde

Setback to Ajit: 4 leaders quit NCP after poll drubbing

Four leaders have resigned from the Nationalist Congress Party in Maharashtra's Pimpri Chinchwad—delivering a significant blow to Ajit Pawar's leadership after a disappointing performance in the general elections.

27 Jun 2024

Devendra Fadnavis

Video: Rivals Thackeray, Fadnavis stuck together while waiting for lift

On the first day of the Maharashtra Assembly's monsoon session, political rivals Uddhav Thackeray and Devendra Fadnavis found themselves waiting for the same lift, an incident that has since gone viral.

15 Jun 2024


Why Sharad Pawar 'thanked' PM Modi at MVA press conference 

Leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), including Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray, and Prithviraj Chavan, held a press conference in Mumbai on Saturday to thank the public for their support in the Lok Sabha elections.

BJP, NCP spar over 'Organiser' article on poll results 

A war of words has erupted between the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally, the Nationalist Congress Party, over an article published in Organiser.

08 Jun 2024

Dawood Ibrahim

Praful Patel regains ₹180cr property sezied by ED, here's why 

A Mumbai court has nullified an Enforcement Directorate (ED) order to attach properties worth over ₹180 crore owned by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel.

06 Jun 2024

Devendra Fadnavis

Ajit Pawar faction's MLAs in talks with Sharad Pawar's camp

Ahead of the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls, approximately 10-15 MLAs from Ajit Pawar's faction of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are reportedly in contact with Sharad Pawar's camp.

Election results: INDIA takes considerable lead over NDA in Maharashtra 

Proving the exit poll predictions wrong, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance is leading in 27 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.

03 Jun 2024

Arunachal Pradesh

After Arunachal wins, NCP could reclaim national party status

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), under the leadership of Ajit Pawar, has won three out of 14 contested seats in the recent Arunachal Pradesh assembly elections.

Porsche accident: Teen spent ₹48,000 at first pub, says police

The Pune teenager who drove a Porsche into a bike, killing two people, spent ₹48,000 in a span of 90 minutes at one of the two pubs he visited before the accident, Pune Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar has said.

21 May 2024

Sanjay Raut

Teen served pizza at police station after Porsche crash: Opposition 

Amid outrage over bail to the 17-year-old boy—driving the Porsche that killed two engineers in Pune on Sunday—the opposition has alleged that the teenager was fed pizza, burger, and biryani at the police station after being detained.

14 May 2024

Arvind Kejriwal

AAP launches new 'washing machine' campaign to attack BJP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday launched a new campaign—"washing machine ka kaala jaadu," to "expose the Bharatiya Janata Party's anti-corruption poll plank."

07 May 2024

Sharad Pawar

Sharad faction alleges coercion, vote buying in Baramati, shares videos 

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) faction led by Sharad Pawar accused Ajit Pawar's faction of manipulation and bribery, during polling for the Baramati seats on Tuesday.

04 Apr 2024


Can't use 'clock' symbol without disclaimers: SC to Ajit's NCP 

The Supreme Court has issued a directive to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar, and his Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) faction to stop using the "clock" symbol in their advertisements without disclaimers.

29 Mar 2024


'No wrongdoing...': CBI files closure in case against Praful Patel

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has closed a corruption investigation against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel, months after he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

19 Mar 2024

Sharad Pawar

SC greenlights Sharad faction's party name, symbol for elections

The Supreme Court has given the green light to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) faction, led by Sharad Pawar, to adopt the name 'Nationalist Congress Party-Sharadchandra Pawar' for the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

14 Mar 2024

Sharad Pawar

SC pulls up Ajit's NCP for using Pawar's name, image 

The Supreme Court on Thursday requested an undertaking from the Ajit Pawar faction of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), urging them not to utilize pictures of Sharad Pawar in their posters.

Maharashtra: BJP, allies resolve deadlock, Ajit's NCP gets 4 seats

The Mahayuti alliance in Maharashtra—led by the Bharatiya Janata Party—has likely reached a new settlement in its seat-sharing talks for the 2024 general elections.

17 Feb 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Meet Sunetra Pawar, likely candidate from Baramati against Supriya Sule

Speculation is rife that Sunetra Pawar, the wife of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, could contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

17 Feb 2024

Narendra Modi

Spoke to PM Modi about BJP 'poaching' Congress leaders: Kharge

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for allegedly "poaching" opposition leaders through intimidation.

16 Feb 2024

Sharad Pawar

Pawar seeks urgent SC hearing against ECI's 'real NCP' order

Sharad Pawar has urged the Supreme Court to urgently hear his petition contesting the Election Commission of India (ECI)'s decision to grant the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)'s name and symbol to the Ajit Pawar-led faction.

13 Feb 2024

Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar moves SC against ECI's 'real NCP' ruling 

Veteran politician Sharad Pawar has moved the Supreme Court (SC) against the Election Commission of India (ECI)'s decision to recognize Ajit Pawar's faction as the official Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

08 Feb 2024

Congress Party

Maharashtra: Baba Siddique resigns from Congress after 48 years

Former Maharashtra minister Baba Siddique resigned from Congress on Thursday.

06 Feb 2024

Sharad Pawar

Ajit Pawar's faction is real NCP, says Election Commission

Dealing a blow to the Sharad Pawar faction, the Election Commission of India has declared the Ajit Pawar-led faction as the true Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), granting them the "clock" symbol. Ajit is notably Sharad Pawar's nephew.

27 Jan 2024

Eknath Shinde

Maratha quota stir: Government accepts demands, Jarange Patil ends protest

Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange Patil has called off his hunger strike and protest after meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

BJP MLA booked for slapping on-duty cop at Pune hospital

A case has been registered against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sunil Kamble for allegedly slapping an on-duty police constable at an inauguration program on Friday in Pune, Maharashtra.

30 Oct 2023


Maharashtra: Maratha reservation protesters torch NCP MLA Prakash Solanke's house

Protesters rallying for Maratha reservations reportedly vandalized and torched Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Prakash Solanke's house in Maharashtra's Beed district on Monday.

09 Oct 2023

Sharad Pawar

SC to hear NCP plea on rebels' disqualification on Friday

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea by Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) faction on Friday.

25 Aug 2023

Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar's latest remark on NCP-rebel Ajit sparks fresh controversy

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President and veteran leader Sharad Pawar has sparked a fresh controversy after reaffirming that his nephew, Ajit Pawar, remains the party leader despite a recent rebellion.

20 Aug 2023

Sharad Pawar

Frequent rallies, new leaders: Sharad Pawar's new strategy for NCP

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar has reportedly devised a new plan to tackle the power struggle with his nephew Ajit Pawar, who joined hands with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Maharashtra.

14 Aug 2023

Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar-Ajit Pawar meeting ahead of INDIA talks triggers row 

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's meeting with his uncle and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday has sparked a fresh political row in the state.

12 Aug 2023

Eknath Shinde

Haven't interfered in CM's authority: Pawar rubbishes 'cold war' speculations

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has reportedly played down all rumors of a "cold war" between him and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

01 Aug 2023

Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar has 'candid conversation' with PM Modi, draws criticism

In an interesting turn of events, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar shared the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event in Maharashtra's Pune on Tuesday.

22 Jul 2023

Eknath Shinde

Eknath Shinde in Delhi to meet Modi, Shah today: Report

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is reportedly on a Delhi visit to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday.

20 Jul 2023


Maharashtra: 4 dead, several feared trapped after landslide in Raigad

At least five people have died so far, while several others remain trapped after a landslide hit the Raigad district of Maharashtra on Thursday.

19 Jul 2023

Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra: Thackeray meets Ajit Pawar day after opposition alliance talks

Maharashtra's former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met former ally and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar on Wednesday.

17 Jul 2023

Sharad Pawar

Ajit Pawar meets uncle Sharad Pawar for 2nd consecutive day

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders from his faction arrived at YB Chavan Center, Mumbai, to meet party president Sharad Pawar for the second consecutive day.

16 Jul 2023

Sharad Pawar

NCP crisis: Rebel leaders pay surprise visit to Sharad Pawar 

In a new twist to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) crisis, rebel party leaders led by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar met party supremo Sharad Pawar at Mumbai's YB Chavan Centre on Sunday and sought his blessings.

14 Jul 2023


Maharashtra: Ajit Pawar bags Finance Ministry, loyalists get 6 portfolios

The Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) rebel leader, Ajit Pawar, was granted Maharashtra's Finance Ministry on Friday.

Maharashtra: Ajit Pawar may get finance ministry, say reports

Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra's new deputy chief minister, will get the finance ministry in the portfolio distribution, News18 reported, quoting sources.

09 Jul 2023

Eknath Shinde

Maharashtra: Rumors of discontent grow ahead of another cabinet expansion

To include more Shiv Sena MLAs, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, and rebel Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs, the Mahayuti-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition government in Maharashtra would expand the state cabinet this week, reported The Indian Express.

08 Jul 2023


Maharashtra: Sharad Pawar launches statewide tour amid NCP's power tussle

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) patriarch Sharad Pawar has reportedly embarked on a statewide tour of Maharashtra on Saturday to consolidate support and rebuild the party.

07 Jul 2023

Eknath Shinde

Fadnavis meets Shinde late night to discuss power-sharing arrangement: Reports

Amid the raging political battle in Maharashtra, Deputy Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart Devendra Fadnavis met Chief Minister Eknath Shinde late Thursday night at his official residence.

06 Jul 2023

Eknath Shinde

'Have PM Modi's backing': Eknath Shinde rubbishes resignation rumors 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday said his government has the "huge support" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

NCP row: Ajit Pawar's loyalist MLAs moved to hotel

Amid the tug of war between the factions of Ajit Pawar and his uncle Sharad Pawar for the reins of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), all MLAs of the former camp have reportedly been moved to a hotel in Mumbai.

05 Jul 2023

Sharad Pawar

Ajit Pawar approaches ECI to claim NCP, party symbol

In a new twist to the politics in Maharashtra, National Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Wednesday petitioned the Election Commission of India (ECI), staking claim to the NCP led by Sharad Pawar and its symbol, the alarm clock.

NCP vs NCP: Sharad Pawar, Ajit camps call separate meetings

The rival factions of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), led by Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit Pawar have called separate party meetings in Mumbai on Wednesday.

04 Jul 2023

Sharad Pawar

Mumbai to witness 'Pawar v/s Pawar' showdown on Wednesday

Mumbai is all set to witness a show of strength from two factions of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The uncle-nephew duo of Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar convened meetings of all party legislators on Wednesday to garner support for the respective factions.

04 Jul 2023

Praful Patel

51 NCP MLAs wanted BJP alliance during Shinde's rebellion: Report

National Congress Party (NCP) MP Praful Patel reportedly said on Monday that most party MLAs wanted the party to align with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last year for the formation of the Maharastra government during Eknath Shinde's rebellion, The Times of India reported.

03 Jul 2023

Sharad Pawar

NCP expels 3 leaders, 2 MPs after Ajit Pawar revolt

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Monday sacked three leaders for attending the oath ceremony of his nephew Ajit Pawar as the Maharashtra deputy chief minister on Sunday.