After several BJP leaders including former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stepped forward to 'fact check' NCP chief Sharad Pawar over February 15 press conference held by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, he has issued a clarification saying that he met media representatives who were standing at the hospital after he was discharged.
The minister also said that the conference was held before he was going to home for quarantining himself.
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The Opposition BJP in Maharashtra has come down heavily on Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh after former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh accused the former of corruption. Over the last two days, BJP leaders and workers have staged protests in various cities demanding the resignation of the Home Minister, and the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 PM on Monday following an uproar in the House over the allegations.
Days after the Antilia bomb scare and the subsequent death of Mansukh Hiren, the NCP leader has found himself accused of corruption. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Saturday wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray alleging that Deshmukh had indulged in "malpractices" and asked suspended API Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore every month.
Now, Sharad Pawar, in his press conference explained the situation appears to have only fanned the flames further. Mere minutes after the party chief contended that going by the timeline given in Param Bir Singh's letter Deshmukh had been hospitalised with COVID-19 at the time when he had been allegedly giving problematic instructions.
"If you see the former Commissioner's letter, he mentions that in mid-February he was informed by certain officers that they got such and such instructions from Home Minister...From 6th-16th Feb, Mr Deshmukh was admitted in the hospital because of COVID-19," the NCP chief contended.
But the BJP was quick to unearth a video clip posted by the Home Minister himself, showing that he had been holding a press conference within the specified time frame.
"Shri Sharad Pawar ji said, from 15th to 27th February HM Anil Deshmukh was in home quarantine. But actually along with security guards & media he was seen taking press conference!" tweeted Fadnavis while attaching the original post.
In a follow-up post, the former CM also suggested that Pawar was "not briefed properly" on Parambir Singh's letter.