Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:26:29 GMT | By IANS

Baramati shuts down to oppose Ajit Pawar's resignation

Mumbai: Businesses in Maharashtra's Baramati town, a stronghold of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), were shut in the morning hours on Wednesday to protest the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

Baramati shuts down to oppose Ajit Pawar's resignation (© PTI)

The NCP leader's resignation on Tuesday evening had led to protests in other parts of the state, including Yavatmal, Aurangabad and Pune. Nineteen of his party colleagues also offered to quit but NCP chief and Ajit Pawar's uncle Sharad Pawar said no.

The shutdown in Baramati, about 250 km from here in Pune district, saw all businesses and trading establishments closed till 11 am, hours before a crucial meeting of the NCP to discuss the issue.

Baramati has been the traditional stronghold of NCP chief and union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who has represented it virtually uninterrupted in parliament. His daughter Supriya Sule is currently MP from Baramati, which falls in Pune district.

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