No rift, will follow what NCP chief says: Ajit Pawar
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.
Ajit Pawar has apparently dropped the idea of quitting politics and will contest the October 21 assembly elections