Pawar hopes to emerge as the principal leader of an anti- Congress, anti- BJP alliance with enough seats to form a national government.
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
UDDHAV( LEFT) AND RAJ THACKERAY