Mumbai, Jun 24 (PTI) A day after actor Sharad Ponkshe
shared the dais with NCP leaders at a press conference here,
the party's state unit chief Jayant Patil on Wednesday said
the former was not related to it and "will never be".
Ponkshe, also a writer, had played the lead in the
controversial Marathi play 'Mi Nathuram Godse Boltoy', based
on Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.
The state water resources minister said Gandhi's
assassination was the first "terror activity" in the country
and the ideology the defends the killing too "certainly is
The actor had attended a press conference organised at
the NCP's office here on Tuesday regarding the relief work
carried out by the party's welfare trust during the
Both Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Patil were
present at the press meet.
In a series of tweets, Patil said among others, the
trust had provided an assistance of over Rs 30 lakh to
backstage artistes during the lockdown period.
"Sharad Ponkshe had come to the party office along
with Marathi Natya Parishad (theatre body) president Prasad
Kambli and its office-bearers to express their gratitude for
this (the help).
Ponkshe is not related to the party in any way beyond
this and will never be," Patil tweeted.
The minister further said the NCP believes in the
It is a "victory" of Gandhi's ideology that "people
who defend his assassination have to thank those who are
Gandhians", he said in his tweet.
Meanwhile, state Housing Minister and NCP leader
Jitendra Awhad said it was "painful and unfortunate that
wicked" Ponkshe shared the dais of the party.
"But @Jayant_R_Patil promptly cleared the party's
position after the voices of progressive workers reached him,"
Awhad said on the micro-blogging site. PTI ENM