In what is likely to give deputy CM and Nationalist Congress Party’s seeming heir apparent Ajit Pawar a few sleepless nights, his cousin and Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule is a few steps away from breathing down his neck.
That slender gap would be soon bridged as NCP has decided to accommodate Rashtrawadi Yuvati Congress (RYC), unofficially headed by Sule, as an official wing of the party.
A motion towards amending the party constitution would be introduced during the national convention of NCP scheduled at Baroda on September 15 and 16.
This is going to be an important feature of the convention apart from the formal announcement on Sharad Pawar’s re-election as the party chief once again, a senior NCP leader told this newspaper.
The political significance of the new development would be that henceforth RYC would have a distinct identity.
It would not be administered by the NCP youth wing president, the outfit can expand its operations across the nation, and a new party chief or any other leader would not be able to disband it easily.
Above all, Sule will play a decisive role being the founder-controller, as today the 43-year-old daughter of the NCP chief is not heading the wing.
The prescribed age range for joining RYC is between 18 and 25.
Since the formal announcement of the formation of RYC on June 10 this year, Baramati MP Sule has organised 22 rallies, each in a Lok Sabha constituency. An NCP leader said the party wants to tap young female voters who have so far been ignored by other political parties.
NCP treasurer for the state unit MLC Hemant Takle confirmed the proposition of constitutional amendment for the Baroda convention, but did not elaborate further.