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Pawar complains to Modi about agencies

new Delhi, Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, a day after hosting an all-party banquet at his residence. Pawar complained to the Prime Minister about the central agencies and termed their action as injustice. The NCP supremo also talked about the vacant Legislative Council seats in Maharashtra for two and a half years. There was a meeting of about 20 minutes between the two leaders, about which many political speculations are also being made. A day earlier on Tuesday, Pawar had hosted a dinner at his 6, Janpath residence, which was attended by leaders of all parties, including BJP leader Nitin Gadkari and Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut.

However, in a press conference after meeting the Prime Minister, Pawar told that he discussed the issue related to Lakshadweep with the Prime Minister. Pawar said- I discussed some issues with the PM. I talked to the PM about the vacant seats of Maharashtra Legislative Council for the last two and a half years. NCP chief said – There was also talk about Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s case. Injustice has been done to them. His property is attached. BJP leaders threaten about ED. What was the need to take action against Sanjay Raut? Was it because they speak against the government?

On the question of taking over the command of UPA, he said – I myself am not ready to take the responsibility of UPA. On another question, Pawar said- Mamta Banerjee has said that for the presidential election, one should talk to the opposition parties to choose a BJP candidate. I am also in touch with such parties. Regarding the government of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in Maharashtra, he said that the government will continue to run.

Significantly, on Tuesday itself, the Enforcement Directorate, ED attached eight plots belonging to Sanjay Raut and his family in Alibaug, Maharashtra and a flat in Dadar suburb of Mumbai under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Angered by this, Sanjay Raut said that pressure is being put on him through central agencies to help topple the state government.

Rohit Khosla

Rohit is a Senior Business Journalist at Youthistaan.com
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