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Suvendu Adhikari Demands CBI Probe into ‘corruption’ in Central Govt Scheme in West Bengal

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Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari. (File: PTI)

It has become a habit of the TMC of doing politics on every issue and dreaming of power at the Centre, and that is why it has joined the INDIA bloc of “ghamandia” (arrogant) parties, he said

Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged swindling of central funds in the state, as he accused the ruling TMC of being behind a “big scam”.

The BJP leader alleged here that thousands of village heads belonging to the Trinamool Congress in connivance with state government officials have been involved in corruption to the tune of thousands of crores in the state in relation to work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA).

“It is a big scam. It will turn out to be the biggest scam after Independence,” he claimed, hitting out at “bua-bhatija”, a reference to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.

With TMC leaders headed by Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee protesting here against the Centre for withholding the release of funds to the state under some central government schemes, including MGNREGA, Adhikari accused them of indulging in a false and fabricated campaign.

The TMC used to be a national party but is now a regional party which is fast losing its base in West Bengal, he said, claiming that its protest in the national capital is aimed at retrieving its shrinking support.

It has become a habit of the TMC of doing politics on every issue and dreaming of power at the Centre, and that is why it has joined the INDIA bloc of “ghamandia” (arrogant) parties, he said.

These people are staying here in a five-star hotel and doing a drama, he claimed.

He said over one crore job cards under the MGNREGA scheme were deleted for various reasons, claiming that thousands of crores of rupees were pocketed by corrupt ruling party functionaries and government officials.

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‘Told Him Not To Succumb To Political Pressure’: What Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar Told Pune Top Cop After Porsche Crash

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The deputy CM said he has instructed officials to take strict action in the “Pune, Jalgaon and Nagpur incidents”. (File image: X)

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, also the guardian minister of Pune district, was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday blamed the parents of the teenager allegedly involved in the Pune car crash saying they ignored his behaviour which resulted in the death of two young professionals.

Pawar, also the guardian minister of Pune district, was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

“The minor’s conduct in the Pune accident is highly irresponsible. It happened because the teenager’s parents ignored his behaviour. The son is in an observation home and his father and grandfather have been arrested,” he said.

The deputy CM said he has instructed officials to take strict action in the “Pune, Jalgaon and Nagpur incidents”.

A day before a Porsche allegedly driven by the Pune teenager, son of builder Vishal Agarwal, hit a motorcycle, leaving two techies dead in the city on May 19, one woman and three children were killed in Jalgaon after a car carrying four young men dashed a two-wheeler.

On May 24, an intoxicated person driving a car crashed into pedestrians and two-wheelers in Nagpur, injuring seven persons, including a three-month-old baby.

Anjali Damania, a social activist, had claimed that Ajit Pawar had called the Pune police commissioner after the Porsche accident.

Asked about her claim, Pawar said, “As a people’s representative, we receive calls regarding such accidents. I police commissioner and told him that the accused boy was from a wealthy family and there was a chance police might be pressured. I told him not to succumb to any political pressure.” Pawar said CM Eknath Shinde and his peer Devendra Fadnavis have already clarified their positions in this matter.

About the opposition alleging political pressure in the Pune case, Pawar said when someone is in opposition they allege political pressure behind every probe.

He said, “A ‘responsible’ MLA has accused the Pune police commissioner of accepting bribes from bar operators in the city. He should give proof…if proof is given the state will definitely probe into it.” Asked about his party MLA Sunil Tingare, who had visited Pune’s Yerawada police station hours after the accident in the Kalyani Nagar area, Pawar said, “Tingare himself has clarified his stand. He later met me in Pune and presented his version. I have asked top police officials to take strict action against cops or doctors who tried to dilute the probe.” Meanwhile, Deputy CM Fadnavis said in Nagpur that the police won’t stop until they get to the bottom of the Pune car crash case.

The police on Monday arrested two doctors and an employee of Sassoon General Hospital over alleged manipulation of blood samples and destruction of evidence in the case.

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‘Many of Us Felt Bhujbal Deserved to Be CM’: Ajit Pawar Counters Sharad Pawar’s Remarks on 2004 Deal with Congress

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Had the NCP taken the Maharashtra chief minister’s post in 2004, it would have maintained that position throughout its coalition with the Congress, Ajit Pawar added

Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in a recent statement strongly contested Nationalist Congress Party founder Sharad Pawar’s claim regarding the 2004 assembly elections. Despite the NCP securing 71 seats and the Congress 69, the chief ministerial post was given to the latter. Ajit Pawar stated the “underlying reasons” behind this decision, shedding light on the then internal party dynamics.

Reflecting on Sharad Pawar’s comments, Ajit Pawar said, “A few days ago, Sharad Pawar remarked that had the NCP taken the chief minister’s position in 2004, the party would have split. This statement is entirely false. During discussions with Sharad Pawar at the time, senior leaders like Chhagan Bhujbal, Praful Patel, and Sunil Tatkare were present. We all believed that the chief minister should be from our party. Personally, I was not interested in the position then; I thought Chhagan Bhujbal should be the chief minister because he played a crucial role in expanding our party across Maharashtra. None of us could deny his contribution.”

Ajit Pawar then spoke on why Chhagan Bhujbal was not picked. “Many of us felt Bhujbal deserved to be the chief minister. However, I have a different understanding of why Sharad Pawar did not make him the chief minister. According to my reliable information, after making Sudhakarrao Naik the chief minister, Naik stopped listening to Sharad Pawar within a year. Naik even made bold statements, implying that he could handle any challenges independently. This led to the removal of 17 leaders, including Bhujbal, from the cabinet. Vijay Singh Mohite-Patil informed us at the time that we were being excluded from the cabinet, sparking a series of disruptions,” he said.

Had the NCP taken the chief minister’s post in 2004, it would have maintained that position throughout its coalition with the Congress, the deputy CM added. “Any leader from our party could have become the chief minister, potentially Bhujbal, followed by leaders like RR Patil,” he said.

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‘Write Articles After Smoking Marijuana’: Fadnavis React To Sanjay Raut’s Comment On Nitin Gadkari

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Raut claimed that ‘Modi, Shah and Fadnavis’ conspired against their own party leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to ensure his defeat in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday rebuked at Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut’s claims that top BJP leaders, including PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Fadnavis himself, conspired against their own party leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to ensure his defeat in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Fadnavis dismissed Raut’s allegations, saying, “I have repeatedly said not to ask me questions about Sanjay Raut. I don’t speak about people who write articles after smoking marijuana. I think he is in London, where there is good mental treatment available. He should take the appropriate medications.”

On Sunday, Raut, who is also the spokesperson for Shiv Sena (UBT), alleged in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ that Fadnavis had unwillingly campaigned for Gadkari in Nagpur only after realising that Gadkari could not be defeated. Nagpur is the hometown of both BJP leaders.

“Modi, Shah and Fadnavis worked for Gadkari’s defeat in Nagpur. Fadnavis unwillingly joined the campaign for Gadkari when he realised he couldn’t be defeated. The RSS people in Nagpur are openly saying Fadnavis helped the opposition to get Gadkari defeated,” Raut wrote.

Raut further claimed that Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had distributed Rs 25-30 crore in every constituency and used his resources to defeat candidates from the NCP, led by Ajit Pawar.

He further took a swipe at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, suggesting that Adityanath would be replaced if the Modi-Shah government returned to power after the Lok Sabha elections.

(With inputs from agencies)

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