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Work on minister’s farmhouse stopped ahead of elections

india Updated: Jun 21, 2009 01:10 IST
Satyajit Joshi

Buckling to the pressure and public image in view of the ensuing Assembly election, construction of Ghotwade farmhouse of Water Resources Minister Ajit Pawar has been stopped.

Pawar, however, has strongly justified his side saying that construction had begun after seeking due permission from all the government agencies and “he has done nothing wrong and illegal”.

Water Resources Department’s Superintendent Engineer, Pune, Avinash Survey said his department had granted permission for the construction at Ghotwade village. “We have not issued any orders to stop work but ithas been stopped to clear people’s misunderstanding,” Survey said.

Pawar, whose wife Sunetra, has been issued a summons by a Pune court in a land dispute case, agreed that his wife had purchased the said land in the name of Fire Power Agrotech Company. “I may be in politics, but I have my own family as well,” he said adding that a resort was coming up with the help of Panchsheel Group of Hotels on the land.

Pawar reiterated that even changes in the riverbed were made as per the permission sought by the original landowner. He said he had never misused his position in politics for personal gains and blamed electronic media to defame him.