Maharashtra government is stable, attempts to topple it will not be successful, says NCP head Sharad Pawar
Confident that any attempt by the BJP to overthrow the Maharashtra government will be unsuccessful, CPN Supreme Sharad Pawar has asserted that the Maha Vikas Aghadi dispensation, led by Uddhav Thackeray, is stable and will continue to rule the state.
He also criticized the action of the Directorate of Execution (ED) against the leaders of the ruling alliance and their families as “abuse of authority.”
“It’s been a year (since the Thackeray-led MVA government took office) … they (BJP) were supposed to overthrow the government in two months, then they were going to do it in six months, then in eight months. But nothing will happen, ”Pawar told PTI in an interview.
“It is a stable government and it will continue,” he said.
The MVA government, made up of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, completed a year last month. Throughout this period, various BJP leaders have been saying that the government will collapse, citing ideological differences between the alliance partners.
BJP and Shiv Sena had contested the 2019 assembly polls together, but their alliance failed over the issue of the chief minister position.
It was Pawar who is said to have later brought together Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress to form the MVA government. The Maratha stalwart, who has been the prime minister of Maharashtra four times and has also been a union minister at the Center in the past, is seen as the guiding force behind the operation of the Thackeray-led government in the state.
When asked about the ED notice by Shiv Sena leader and Saamana editor Sanjay Raut’s wife, Varsha, Pawar said: “This is an abuse of authority.” The ED had summoned Varsha for questioning in the PMC Bank money laundering case of more than Rs 4,300. He is now expected to appear before the central investigating agency on January 5 after skipping the subpoena three times.
Pawar said: “They even tried to tell me once, but then they withdrew. He was not even a member of the bank and he had no account in that bank. “Last year, the DE registered a criminal case with the Maharashtra Sahakari Cooperative Bank (MSCB) of several crore and the role of Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar and others had been left under the agency’s scanner. The ED did not finally summon Pawar, but the PNC president had insisted at the time that he visit the investigative agency’s office. He subsequently abandoned the plan after being asked by state police not to go ahead to avoid a possible public order situation.
Shiv Sena has also been alleging that central investigative agencies were unfairly targeting their leaders.
Former BJP leader Eknath Khadse, who recently joined Sharad Pawar’s NCP, was also subpoenaed by the ED for questioning in connection with a money laundering case linked to a land deal in Pune.
Last month, the Emergency Department raided premises linked to Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik in connection with a money laundering case.