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

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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.

Sharad Pawar

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