No rift, will fol­low what NCP chief says: Ajit Pawar

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Pra­fulla.Marpak­war @times­group.com

Mum­bai: A day af­ter he re­signed as leg­is­la­tor amid spec­u­la­tion of a rift in NCP, Ajit Pawar de­nied there was any di­vide in the fam­ily. How­ever, he said Pawar Sr’s state­ment that the nephew was think­ing of quit­ting elec­toral pol­i­tics and re­turn­ing to farm­ing or busi­ness was cor­rect. But af­ter his meet­ing with the NCP chief on Satur­day, Ajit ap­par­ently dropped the idea and will not only cam­paign for NCP nom­i­nees but will con­test the Oc­to­ber 21 as­sem­bly elec­tions.

“There is no fam­ily dis­pute, and re­ports ap­pear­ing in the press are base­less. To­day, I had a long meet­ing with Sharad Pawar where we dis­cussed the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion and pro­ceed­ings ini­ti­ated by the ED. I will abide by what Sharad Pawar says on the as­sem­bly elec­tions,” Ajit said. He said he was up­set over the way a crim­i­nal case was reg­is­tered against him in the al­leged Rs 25,000 MSC Bank em­bez­zle­ment case.

On his res­ig­na­tion, Ajit Pawar said, “Sharad Pawar was tar­geted de­spite not be­ing in­volved. He is supreme for our fam­ily. We abide by his ad­vice. It was my mis­take that I did not con­sult ei­ther Sharad Pawar or se­nior NCP col­leagues. I was up­set over the way Sharad Pawar’s name was dragged into the case.”

Ajit Pawar said the bank loan case had gained mo­men­tum “only be­cause of my name.” “When to­tal de­posits in the bank stood at Rs 12,000 crore, how could there be cor­rup­tion of Rs 25,000 crore?” he ques­tioned.

He also ex­pressed sur­prise over the de­lay in reg­is­ter­ing a crim­i­nal case. “The ir­reg­u­lar­ity was de­tected in 2011, and sev­eral de­part­men­tal in­quiries were con­ducted. The EOW sub­mit­ted there is no case, but an of­fence was still reg­is­tered in 2019. It’s all po­lit­i­cal, on the eve of as­sem­bly elec­tions,” he said.

TOI

Ajit Pawar has ap­par­ently dropped the idea of quit­ting pol­i­tics and will con­test the Oc­to­ber 21 as­sem­bly elec­tions

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