Fad­navis may not be wel­come for NCP events: Ajit Pawar

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - AGEN­CIES

The Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) may not in­vite Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis to func­tions held to hon­our se­nior stal­warts to en­sure that there is no mis­con­cep­tion among the masses, se­nior party leader Ajit Pawar on Tues­day said.

“We had in­vited the chief min­is­ter pre­vi­ously to hon­our some of our lead­ers. Ques­tions were then raised about the is­sue. Hence the party lead­er­ship will de­cide if the CM should be in­vited to our events,” Pawar said, speak­ing to re­porters in the city.

“We do not have any dis­putes with the CM. It is our cul­ture to give the best wishes to one an­other dur­ing so­cial events. How­ever, this should not cause mis­con­cep­tion among peo­ple. Hence, we may not in­vite him in fu­ture party events,” he added.

He termed as “shame­ful” Aniket Kothale’s death in po­lice cus­tody. Kothale was ar­rested by the San­gli city po­lice on Novem­ber 6, along with an­other man in a rob­bery case.

“If the gov­ern­ment can­not con­trol the po­lice, who should the com­mon man look up to?” he ques­tioned. The state gov­ern­ment had on Mon­day an­nounced an ex-gra­tia of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the rob­bery ac­cused, who had died in po­lice cus­tody.

Min­is­ter of State for Home (Ru­ral) Deepak Ke­sarkar also said that the gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing ap­point­ing se­nior ad­vo­cate Ujjwal Nikam as the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor in the case.

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