Pawar hopes to emerge as the prin­ci­pal leader of an anti- Congress, anti- BJP al­liance with enough seats to form a na­tional gov­ern­ment.

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In­dia dis­solved the board of di­rec­tors of the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Co­op­er­a­tive ( MSC) Bank, which had been con­trolled by Sharad Pawar’s nephew and the state’s Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Ajit Pawar for the last 17 years. Cha­van quickly re­placed the dis­solved board with his hand­picked ad­min­is­tra­tors to run the bank. MSC Bank pro­vides funds to dis­trict banks to give loans to farm­ers.

An en­quiry by the Na­tional Bank for Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment ( NABARD) re­vealed that most of these loans were given to co­op­er­a­tive su­gar fac­to­ries and spin­ning mills di­rectly years de­spite the state’s ex­pen­di­ture of Rs 70,000 crore dur­ing this pe­riod. Since Ajit Pawar was the min­is­ter for wa­ter re­sources from 1999 to 2010, Cha­van’s an­nounce­ment came as a big blow to NCP. Cur­rent wa­ter re­sources min­is­ter, NCP’s Su­nil Tatkare, claims that the state’s area un­der ir­ri­ga­tion has grown by 5.5 per cent, not 0.1 per cent, dur­ing the last decade. Ajit Pawar dubbed the 0.1 per cent fig­ure men­tioned in the econ­omy sur­vey re­port as a “print­ing mis­take”, to which the Chief Min­is­ter re­torted that the white pa­per would cor­rect


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