Pawar says holding CBI as hostage disastrous for nation
‘It is clear that the government wants everything should move as per its wishes in the direction it decides. That is the present scenario before us,’ says Pawar, addressing a NCP women’s wing rally
PUNE: Charging the Modi government with holding the premier investigating agency CBI as ‘hostage,’ Nationalist Congress Party(ncp)presidentsharadpawar said this could have disastrous consequences for the country.
Terming the Central Bureau of Investigation as an independent body for carrying out impartial probes, Pawar said that shunting out its top oficials at the dead of the night portends ill for the nation.
“It is clear that the government wants everything should move as per its wishes in the direction it decides. That is the present scenario before us,” said Pawar, addressing a NCP women’s wing rally.
He alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has “no faith in the Constitution, respect for judiciary or the law of the country or belief in gender equality.”
“In the Sabarimala temple matter, after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of women, BJP President Amit Shah questioned how the apex court could give such a verdict. It is dangerous to hand over the reins of power to people with such thinking,” Pawar said.
Pawar accused the BJP of not having respect for gender equality or honouring even the verdict of the highest court of the land.
“Even Maharashtra, which is in the grip of a severe water crisis, has not taken a single decision in public interest,” he said.
Pawar predicted that no single party would get a majority in the 2019 elections and that there would be change in government both at the Centre and in Maharashtra.
Likening the current political scenario to the one in 2004, the senior leader, often dubbed as ‘Chanakya’ of Indian politics, said it does not seem possible for a single party to come to power in 2019.
“I don’t think power equations will remain same in the state (Maharashtra) and Centre. It would be like 2004 when no party secured a majority but a government under (Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh continued for 10 years,” Pawar said at ‘Mumbai Manthan’ organised by India Today group in the city today.
He pointed out that the NDA government headed by (Prime Minister) Atal Behari Vajpayee had gone to elections with an impressive ‘Shining India’ campaign, but failed to win the polls.