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Nationalist Congress Party

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is a political party primarily based in the state of Maharashtra, India. Its youth wing is the Nationalist Youth Congress.

Sharad Pawar is the current chief of the Nationalist Congress Party.

Madhukar Pichad is the State President of the NCP in Maharashtra.

The NCP was formed on May 25, 1999, by Sharad Pawar, PA Sangma, and Tariq Anwar after they were expelled from the Indian National Congress (INC) on May 20, 1999, for disputing the right of Italian-born Sonia Gandhi to lead the party. At the time of formation, the party also absorbed Indian Congress (Socialist), which traced its origins to anti-coalition partner in the state of Maharashtra in alliance with INC. On June 20, 2012, P A Sangma quit from NCP to contest in presidential polls.

Political Instability in Maharashtra

After Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar resigned from the cabinet, there was political instability in Maharashtra. On 26 September 2012, Sharad Pawar has assured that they will continue their support to the state government.

Earlier in the day, a meeting of Nationalist Congress Party legislators was called. A resolution was passed requesting Ajit Pawar to withdraw his resignation. Speaking to reporters, NCP state president of Maharashtra Madhukar Pichard said the meeting was attended by all its 61 MLAs, nine independents supporting NCP and about six MLCs.

On 28 September 2012, Sharad Pawar announced the media that the NCP and government has accepted the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. He however made it clear that he won't be accepting any more resignations from NCP members in the Maharashtra government.


The renovated office of the Nationalist Congress Party at Nariman Point was inaugurated on 28 December 2012. Union Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel, NCP State president Madhukar Pichad, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and State Tourism Minister Chhagan Bhujbal were also present. Dec 28, 2012

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