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We in Maharashtra follow principles of Shivaji, we don’t bow down to Delhi throne: Sharad Pawar

The veteran leader was addressing a press conference, a day after being named in a multi-crore Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank scam by the Enforcement Directorate.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 26, 2019, 07.35 AM IST
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Speaking about the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank scam, he said that all party members, including BJP members, were on the board of the bank and it had little to do with party affairs.
Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar, named in a money laundering case, on Wednesday said he would appear before investigating authorities but not bow down to “Delhi throne”.

“We in Maharashtra follow the principles of Maratha warrior king Shivaji... We don’t bow down to the Delhi throne,” said Pawar.

The veteran leader was addressing a press conference, a day after being named in a multi-crore Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank scam by the Enforcement Directorate.

The NCP chief also questioned the timing of the case, which coincides with the state elections. “The election process has started and the nominations would begin in another two days — people can understand the timing of the move,” said Pawar.

But Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis refuted any such claims that it was a politically motivated move.

“Whenever there is an economic offence involving more than Rs 100 crore, ED has to step in. This not a different FIR, ED has based the FIR on the original complaint. This is a preliminary process and has nothing to do with the state government,” said Fadnavis.

“It is incorrect to link this with the state government. Those who don’t know about the current political situation in the state are saying that we are involved. We are winning elections.

Even if we were not, we wouldn’t do such a thing,” said the CM.

Pawar said he had never faced a police case in his life, and that the only time he faced one was in the 1980s when he had led an agitation.

“There is a case against me and I will cooperate with them fully,” he said, asserting there was no scam in it.

He said that he would be campaigning for the assembly polls and won’t be in Mumbai most of the time. “The ED should not think I am not available — they should not have any such misunderstanding. Hence on September 27, I will go to the ED office and present myself to the officers there.” “I will present myself before them (ED), and if they want to extend their hospitality to me (arrest me), then I am ready for it.”

Speaking about the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank scam, he said that all party members, including BJP members, were on the board of the bank and it had little to do with party affairs.

Pawar said he was not part of the bank.

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