The NCP on Thursday hit back at IPS officer-turned-lawyer YP Singh after he accused party chief Sharad Pawar of bestowing favours to a private developer, terming it as a "publicity stunt".
Reacting to Singh's allegations, state NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said the lawyer-activist's "defence of Gadkari (BJP chief Nitin Gadkari) shows where his affiliations lay".
He also advised Singh to concentrate on the legal case he has filed as the counsel of activists like Medha Patkar against the Lavasa project.
"Instead of emulating Kejriwal by making allegations in the media and conducting a media trial, Singh should stick to his legal brief to make a good presentation in the court and win the case," Malik said.
Singh, a former IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre, had alleged that Pawar and his family had bestowed undue favours to the Lavasa Corporation Limited constructing a hill city near Pune and received benefits from them as quid-pro-quo.
He had also slammed activist Arvind Kejriwal for his "expose" on Gadkari and said the alleged scam involving the BJP President was small when compared to the one by Pawar and his kin in Lavasa.
Referring to Singh's statement quoting a Supreme Court order that if a portion of land acquired by the government is left after completion of a project, it would not go back to the erstwhile owner, Malik said it only endorsed the government's stand.
He said the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation had given the land to Lavasa Corporation in accordance with the government policy to develop hill stations.
"Whatever decisions have been taken are in accordance with the existing laws and regulations," he said and admitted the Supriya Sule and her husband had sold their shares in Lavasa corporation.
"Sharad Pawar is a visionary leader and has supported the Lavasa Corporation because he wants hill stations to be developed. Maharashtra does not have a single new hill station after independence. Panchgani, Matheran and Mahableshwar were developed by the British," he said.