Some members left NCP due to ED probe, says Sharad Pawar taking a veiled dig at Ajit camp

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Some members left NCP due to ED probe, says Sharad Pawar taking a veiled dig at Ajit camp

NCP party chief Sharad Pawar accused some party members, including his nephew Ajit Pawar, of leaving the party due to the Centre launching an investigation against them through the Enforcement Directorate. While addressing NCP workers at a social media meeting, he claimed that their claim of wanting to work for the development of the state was not true and that some members were 'told to join' BJP or be sent elsewhere.

Synopsis NCP party chief Sharad Pawar accused some party members, including his nephew Ajit Pawar, of leaving the party due to the Centre launching an investigation against them through the Enforcement Directorate. While addressing NCP workers at a social media meeting, he claimed that their claim of wanting to work for the development of the state was not true and that some members were 'told to join' BJP or be sent elsewhere. Agencies Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar Some members left the NCP as the Centre had launched an inquiry against them through the Enforcement Directorate (ED), said NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Sunday. He was addressing NCP workers at a social media meeting organised by the party. Without taking the name of his nephew Ajit Pawar who led the group of rebel MLAs to join the Shiv Sena-BJP government last month, Pawar said their claim that they wanted to be a part of the government for the cause of development was not true. "There were some changes in the past. Some of our members left us. They (the Ajit Pawar faction) say they went for development but this is not at all true. The Centre had launched an ED inquiry against them and they have left the NCP. Some members (from the Ajit Pawar faction) were told to join them ( BJP ) or they will be sent somewhere else," Pawar claimed. "However, some members were ready to face the inquiry. (Ex-home minister) Anil Deshmukh was in jail for 14 months. Even Deshmukh was asked to change his role (loyalty) but he stood firm on his decision (to not quit NCP)," Pawar said. Speaking about the land purportedly belonging to the Akhil Bharat Sarva Seva Sangh, a Gandhian institution, that was recently taken over by the government, Sharad Pawar said, "Varanasi, from where the PM was elected, land that was bought to carry Gandhian things like a printing press, books meetings, workshop ...but after the current government came to power they were first told to shut down the institution." "However they did not listen...then the government forcefully took control of the land and all the books kept in the institution were thrown outside near a Gandhi statue there...now the people who follow Mahatma Gandhi's ideology...are being treated in this way. We can understand how low the government has gone to misuse its power," Sharad Pawar further alleged. While Ajit Pawar took charge as the deputy chief minister, eight other MLAs of NCP were sworn in as ministers in July. Sharad Pawar said the state government should pay attention to the problems being faced by common people in Maharashtra . "The state is facing issues such as unemployment, farmers are also suffering," he added. (With inputs from agencies) Don’t miss out on ET Prime stories! Get your daily dose of business updates on WhatsApp. click here! Sunday, 20 Aug, 2023 Experience Your Economic Times Newspaper, The Digital Way! Read Complete Print Edition » Front Page Pure Politics Bottom Line Deep Dive More Titan Buys 27.18% More in CaratLane for Rs4,621 cr Tata group company Titan is acquiring another 27.18% stake in its subsidiary CaratLane Trading from the jewellery brand’s founder and his family for Rs4,621 crore in cash. World can Emulate India’s Digital Public Infra Model: PM Modi India’s digital public infrastructure is a model that other countries can emulate as it offers “scalable, secure and inclusive solutions for global challenges,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday. Centre Imposes 40% Export Duty on Onion to Keep Prices in Check The Centre has imposed a 40% export duty on onions with immediate effect to cool down rising prices of the vegetable. The duty will be valid till December 31 or the next notification by the government. Read More News on Sharad Pawar ajit pawar ncp Enforcement Directorate BJP Maharashtra (Catch all the Business News , Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on The Economic Times .) Download The Economic Times News App to get Daily Market Updates & Live Business News. ... more less ETPrime stories of the day Investing Joel Greenblatt: This Gotham knight’s magic formula has a slice of Warren Buffett’s value investing. 12 mins read Venture capital Manjushree to Manyavar: Kedaara Capital’s bountiful tryst with consumer bets 9 mins read Manufacturing How the ban on import of IT devices will transform ‘screwdriver assembly lines’ to hardware factories 7 mins read Subscribe to ETPrime