In view of the recent blitz of summons and raids by central investigative agencies on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ministers and leaders, NCP head Sharad Pawar convened a review meeting of his party leaders on Tuesday (12 October). In the meeting, as per the NCP leaders themselves, the party resolved not to cave in but fight out the pressure that is being built by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Review Meeting Convened By Sharad Pawar
Speaking after the review meeting, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik told reporters that be it the Income Tax Department or the Enforcement Directorate (ED), central investigation agencies are being used to target NCP leaders, their associates and people close to them.
"A review meeting of the Nationalist Congress Party was held today under the leadership of National President Sharad Pawar. Mr Pawar reviewed the work of the ministers in the party's state cabinet," the NCP tweeted.
Besides Pawar, other top leaders including party's state president Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar and NCP Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule attended the meet. The NCP ministers hold some key portfolios, including Home and Finance, in the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra.
BJP’s Vendetta Strengthening The MVA Government
"The party has decided that it will face the onslaught of the central agencies. Our party workers will not fear any action the BJP and its agencies resort to. We have decided to face them with full vigour," Malik, a senior minister in the MVA government, said.
“We will not succumb to the pressure tactics of the BJP through central agencies. BJP is out of power and they are very desperate to come back to power in Maharashtra, therefore they are using all tricks from the book to harass us. But BJP should understand that the agencies' actions against the NCP and other leaders will not make much difference over the government in the state. In fact, such action with a vendetta is strengthening the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. We are more confident of surviving this government,” Nawab Malik said.
“We are firm and have decided to extend support to all our leaders who are facing the probe of the central agencies. We are also sure that such barrage of notices, summons and raids will boomerang to BJP as it happened when ED issued notice to the NCP president Sharad Pawar. That one notice of ED changed the political situations in Maharashtra,” said the senior NCP minister adding that people are backing the MVA and not the BJP as evident from the results of the local body elections.
NCP Leaders Being Investigated On Multiple Charges
The review meeting and this statement comes days after the Income Tax Department raided sugar factories and other properties linked to Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, his son Parth Pawar and his sister in the last three days. Besides, senior NCP leader and former state minister Anil Deshmukh, Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad, and NCP leader Eknath Khadse etc, are also facing probe by central agencies on multiple charges.
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