PUNE: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State President Chandrakant Patil on Friday termed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar’s actions during the day an “event to get public sympathy”.
Pawar had dropped his plan to visit the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Mumbai, citing the law and order situation. Patil was speaking to the media on Friday.
He said, “The government has nothing to do with the case as the inquiry into the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam was initiated in 2010. It is not an act for taking revenge against anybody. During the Congress-NCP alliance rule, the case was going on with Sharad Pawar’s advice.”
“Then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had initiated the inquiry and set up a committee when he suspected some wrongdoings in the functioning of the bank. The Reserve Bank of India then appointed an administrator for the bank. Later, someone went to High Court saying no proper inquiry was being done. Recently, on the direction of the High Court, an FIR was registered in the case. If this is the case, how can anyone say it is revengeful act by the government?” he asked.
He said the Enforcement Directorate, which is an autonomous agency, took suo-moto action since the scam was of over Rs 100 crore and filed a case.
“Now, people are deliberately spreading the wrong information that the State government is behind it. This is nothing but to catch the attention of people and to get support in the forthcoming State Assembly polls,” he added.
He said, “People are smart as they know when Chhagan Bhujbal was arrested no such things were done. Whatever the NCP is doing now, is an event. Whatever is going on is not a spontaneous reaction from the people. Lakhs of people are not protesting on the roads.”