Maharashtra: Row erupts between MVA govt and BJP after sports track in Pune used as 'parking lot'

In a new political debate between the Maharashtra government and opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party in the state, on Sunday, the Mahavikas Aghadi (MVA) government has been accused by the opposition of using a sports track of Pune’s Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex to park cars belonging to state ministers.

BJP legislator from Pune, Siddharth Shirole, shared several pictures of the parked cars on the athletic track and alleged that the Maharashtra govt has insulted India's sportspersons and dented their spirit by using athletes' race track, especially in wake of the Tokyo Olympics.

In a video message, the BJP MLA said, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra sports minister Sunil Chattrapal and minister of state Aditi S Tatkare attended the meeting.

He highlighted that ministers chose to park their cars on the sports track even as that the meeting hall was hardly 15 steps away from where they got down from their cars, adding that there was also a provision to use an elevator to reach the meeting hall.

In a tweet he wrote, "“VIP Culture & Arrogance of the #MVA...Athletic track at Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex (#PUNE ) being used as a parking lot for Cars belonging Ex. IOA President @PawarSpeaks ji, Sports Cabinet Minister @SunilKedar1111 ji and MoS Sports ji,”

However, the MahaVikas Aghadi government issued a clarification on the allegations leveled by Siddharth Shirole saying that only Sharad Pawar’s vehicle was allowed to be parked on the cemented road near the athletic track.

Maharashtra Sports Department said “For a sports event on June 26 at Pune's Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, only 1 vehicle was allowed to use the concrete road near athletic track but some vehicles reached there suddenly for which we apologise."

The sports minister has taken note of the incident and instructions have been issued to make sure that vehicles are not allowed at the athletic track,” it added.

Maharashtra Sports Commissioner Om Prakash Bakoria apologised for the incident and assured that it won't be repeated.

He also said that only Pawar’s vehicle was allowed to be parked on the cemented road as he had an issue with his leg.

“It was allowed so that he doesn't face problem in walking. Unfortunately, other vehicles came on track,” he told ANI.

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