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Sep 25, 2012 at 07:54pm IST

Persistent campaign against NCP by some friends: Patel

New Delhi: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel has said that Ajit Pawar resigned as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra after consultations with party chief Sharad Pawar.

Defending Ajit Pawar, who quit on Tuesday over allegations of irregularities during his tenure as the irrigation minister of Maharashtra, Patel said that the NCP leader has set a good example in public life.

"It was a good decision by Ajit Pawar to take this bold step. The truth about the allegations will come out in white paper," said Patel.

He, however, termed the development as a result of the persistent campaign against the NCP by "some opponents and some friends".

Patel further asserted that the government in Maharashtra was stable and Ajit Pawar would continue to be the leader of the legislature.

He said, "We will continue to work with the Congress in Maharashtra."