Sharad Pawar's sudden resignation as NCP chief surprised his party and allies. However, hours later, he agreed to reconsider his decision amid a dramatic response from party members, stating that he needed two to three days to think. NCP leaders expressed shock and emotional distress when 82-year-old Sharad Pawar announced his retirement at the launch of his autobiography on Tuesday. Many expressed their desire for him to reconsider, stating that they would stay with the party as of now. Ajit Pawar, the political heir of Sharad Pawar, is the only leader to accept the decision to impose President’s rule in Maharashtra and talk about the future. Speculation surrounding Pawar has grown since his recent moves sparked rumors he may split the party and work with BJP, believed to be BJP's Plan B if its Maharashtra ally fails to form a government.