Mumbai: Jailed senior NCP leader and former Deputy CM Chhagan Bhujbal, who got a few minutes of freedom on Monday to exercise his right to vote for the presidential poll, went up to his party leader, Ajit Pawar, and said he wanted justice before his death. “Death should not come to me before I get an opportunity prove my innocence,” Bhujbal told Ajit and asked him to pass it on party chief Sharad Pawar.
Bhujbal arrived at Vidhan Bhavan in an ambulance post noon to cast his vote. Along with him, Ramesh Kadam, another NCP legislator who too was released for short while from the jail, cast his vote for the presidential poll. Bhujbal wore white clothes and a white shawl around his chest. He was given a supporting hand by party workers and the Vidhan Bhavan staff too helped him get down from the ambulance. The scene was quite a contrast to the fiery person who once scared many a party ministers and workers alike.
He met Ajit, the group leader of the party, after the voting and spoke to other leaders too for a while, catching up on the political news. Asserting his innocence, Bhujbal said, “I am innocent and I have not committed anything wrong. I can only say one thing that death should not come to me before I prove my innocence.”
He further said, “This is the time when I should have been standing behind Pawar saheb. It is unfortunate that he has not taken a stand for me.” Bhujbal also said he has been suffering from every disease except cancer.