Won’t bow before Delhi ‘throne’, ready for ED’s hospitality: Sharad Pawar

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Pawar said he was ready to provide the ED all details he has with concerning the case in which he has been booked.  

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The BJP and the Shiv Sena are the main constituents of the ruling alliance in Maharashtra, which goes to the polls on October 21.

ED case against Sharad Pawar: A day after the Enforcement Directorate registered a money-laundering case against him, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief  Sharad Pawar on Wednesday appeared unperturbed by the central agency’s action. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Pawar said he was ready to provide the ED all details he has concerning the case in which he has been booked.

“We don’t know bowing before takht (throne) in Delhi. I will myself go to Enforcement Directorate on 27 September to give all information what I have with me about this case,” Sharad Pawar said.
” (I am) ready for any hospitality from ED,” the former Union minister went on to add.

In his first reaction following the ED’s move to register a money laundering case against him in connection with alleged Rs 25,000 crore scam in Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB), Sharad Pawar had said that he was not surprised by the action.

The former Maharashtra CM referred the case as a product of the huge response that he has been receiving during the ongoing campaign for upcoming Assembly elections in the state.

“If they have filed a case against me too, I welcome it. I would have been surprised had such action not been taken against me after the kind of response I receive during my visits to various districts of the state,” Pawar said.

Earlier in the day, five NCP workers were detained as the party’s youth wing held a protest outside the Enforcement Directorate’s office in Mumbai.

Led by NCP youth wing’s state unit chief Mehboob Shaikh, the workers shouted slogans against the BJP and state government. The police had to use force to remove the protesters from the site.

The ED registered the case against Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit Pawar apart from other leaders days after the Bombay High Court asked Mumbai Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to investigate and file a case against the Pawars, others in the matter.


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