On Friday, NCP congratulated former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on receiving a clean chit in the irrigation scam. NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad observed that he was at the forefront of Pawar’s defence for years when he was accused in the scam worth Rs.70,000 crore. He remarked, “Truth can be in trouble, but can never get defeated". This comes after the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in an affidavit to the Bombay High Court stated that Ajit Pawar could not be held responsible for acts of executing agencies.
"सत्य परेशान हो सकता है पराजीत नही".@AjitPawarSpeaks यांना मिळालेली क्लीन चीट त्याबद्दल त्यांचे मन:पूर्वक अभिनंदन !— Dr.Jitendra Awhad (@Awhadspeaks) December 6, 2019
७० हजार कोटींच्या भ्रष्टाचाराचे आरोप झाल्यानंतर अनेक वर्षे टिव्हीवर आणि सभागृहामध्ये मी पुराव्यासहीत त्यांचे निर्दोषत्व सिद्ध करण्यासाठी टोकाची लढाई मी लढत होतो.
NCP's praise of Ajit Pawar comes less than two weeks after he joined hands with BJP to form the government in Maharashtra. Incidentally, reports about a clean chit to Pawar had surfaced even then. At that time, both the Congress and Shiv Sena had attacked Pawar and virtually admitted his connection with the scam. While Sena deputy leader Priyanka Chaturvedi described it as "shamelessness to remain in power", Congress communications-in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala called it a "contract killing of honesty and accountability in Maharashtra". Currently, Ajit Pawar is a top contender to become the Deputy CM in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
वाह वाह सत्ता का खेल,— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) November 25, 2019
अब पता चल क्यूँ हुआ ये मेल
जाँच हुई फेल
ना लेनी पड़ेगी कोई बेल
Cases closed, corruption charges dropped, shamelessness to be in power exposed #MahaDeceit pic.twitter.com/dBELS9qgAA
‘Contract Killing’ of democracy has now also become ‘Contract Killing’ of honesty & accountability in Maharashtra.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) November 25, 2019
No wonder, the only decision taken in ‘public interest’ by BJP-Ajit Pawar is to close all cases of corruption & malfeasance
The BJP way of probity in puublic life pic.twitter.com/3EG6XWFE1w