Congress going by Sharad Pawar’s word, says Ambika Soni

New Delhi, Sept 26 (ANI): Senior Congress leader and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Wednesday said the Congress party will take Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s word over the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra.

Soni said the NCP chief has repeatedly clarified that he won’t accept Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s resignation.

Interacting with media here, Soni said, “Mr. Sharad Pawar spoke on so many channels yesterday that he is the boss, and he is saying that there is no threat to any government in the state or in the Centre. He has talked about not accepting any resignation, so we would go by what Mr. Pawar says.”

She added that the Congress party has the numbers in their favour, both at the state and Central levels.

“I do not go by rumours or comments only because some critical people especially those in the opposition party are trying to create hurdles. We are in constant interaction between the leadership and Prime Minister and other minister and the UPA Chairperson. There is no fear of instability,” she said.

Earlier on Tuesday, NCP member and Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar resigned amid charges of irregularities in granting administrative approvals for projects involving several billions of rupees during his decade-long tenure as Irrigation Minister.

Earlier, lawmaker and NCP leader Praful Patel had also issued a statement to mediapersons that inspite of the resignations, the matter would be solved and the coalition will not split.

The Congress party that heads a coalition government with NCP in Maharashtra, stated that it would wait and watch the situation by relying on Patel’s assurances.

Pawar, who was Maharashtra’s Irrigation Minister in 2009, is accused of having cleared over 30 projects during his tenure, without the necessary procedural clearances. (ANI)

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