Term not completed, yet why did Praful Patel resign from Rajya Sabha?

Maharashtra Politics Latest News: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel on Tuesday (February 27) resigned from the post of Rajya Sabha MP, four years before the completion of his term. 67-year-old Praful Patel was once one of Sharad Pawar’s most trusted aides. Presently he is with the Ajit Pawar faction, which has been recognized by the Election Commission as the real NCP.

Patel was elected to the Rajya Sabha for a fifth term in July 2022, a year before the party split as Ajit Pawar and his supporters joined the ruling Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra. In such a situation, questions are being raised as to why Praful Patel resigned so soon.

Prafull Patel gave this reason

Praful Patel himself has explained on social media platform X (earlier Twitter) why he took this step. He wrote, “I was elected as Rajya Sabha MP for the term of 2022-2028, but I have resigned from it. The reason for this is that I will go to Rajya Sabha for a new term, which will be effective from 2024 to 2030.

NCP is giving these arguments behind its resignation

On the other hand, if the HT report is to be believed, NCP insiders say that Patel has been re-nominated only to avoid any kind of difference within the cadre regarding the Rajya Sabha candidature. Maharashtra NCP chief Sunil Tatkare had said that the decision was based on legal issues related to the disqualification petition filed against Praful Patel by the NCP Sharad Pawar faction. In fact, the NCP Sharad Pawar faction has filed a disqualification petition against Patel under Section 2 (A) of the Tenth Schedule, which provides for disqualification on the basis of defection.

Can go to Rajya Sabha in place of Vandana Chavan

According to a senior NCP leader, about 12 party leaders, including Ajit Pawar’s elder son Parth, were interested in Rajya Sabha nomination. The acceptance of Patel’s resignation paves the way for him to start a new term in the Upper House in place of Vandana Chavan, who is completing her term in April. With his resignation, the Election Commission will have to announce by-elections to fill the vacancy.

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