No tie-up with BJP in Maharashtra, says NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Sanjay JogUpdated: Wednesday, April 06, 2022, 10:44 PM IST
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar | PTI

No tie-up with BJP in Maharashtra, says Sharad Pawar

Raises with PM Modi attachment of properties of Sanjay Raut by ED and delays in nomination of 12 members by Governor in the state council

Clarifies no change in NCP ministers in MVA cabinet

MVA govt is stable, will complete its tenure and will get relelected after next ssembly elections

Mumbai: Amid Central probe agencies initiating action against leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has categorically ruled out a tie-up between his party and the BJP. He criticised the alleged misuse of these agencies saying that the ruling MVA partners were together taking on the BJP. He claimed that the MVA government was strong and stable and would complete its term and be re-elected after the next assembly elections in Maharashtra.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pawar said he took up the matter of attachment of properties of Sanjay Raut, who is a Rajya Sabha member and also the executive editor of the newspaper Saamana. Pawar took issue with the manner in which the Enforcement Directorate carried out the attachment. He argued that injustice had been meted out to Raut. Further, Pawar also took up with Modi the inordinate delay by the governor, BS Koshyari, in the nomination of 12 members from his quota to the Maharashtra Legislative Council. The issue has been pending for the last two-and-a-half years.

Pawar hoped the PM would seriously consider the issues that he had raised at their meeting on Wednesday. Pawar said there would be no change in the NCP composition of the MVA cabinet. No NCP minister would be changed but he would discuss the filling of vacant posts with state leaders. He said he did not discuss with the PM the arrests of Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik.

On G23 Congress leaders, Pawar said they were making a case for strengthening the party. He added that some of the leaders had also held discussions with him.

He reiterated that he was not keen on becoming UPA chief.

He criticised the demand of the BJP and MNS seeking a ban on loudspeakers during ‘azaan’.

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