Even as minister of state for urban development, Bhaskar Jadhav, landed in fresh trouble and now faces an income-tax department probe thanks to the grand weddings of his son and daughter, his party, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has backed him.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik told Hindustan Times that as Jadhav had apologised for the grand wedding celebrations, the party has decided to let it pass.
“There is a cell in the income tax department that investigates lavish weddings, so inquiries are being made with Jadhav about the weddings. Similar inquiries have happened against several people.
This does not indict him in any way,” Malik said, adding that if the income tax department finds anything amiss, then it should investigate the matter further.
Malik said the party was not considering the Bharatiya Janata Party’s demand that Jadhav must put in his resignation. “Kirit Somaiya should ask for Nitin Gadkari’s resignation for his son’s grand wedding celebration first,” Malik said. “For us, this issue is closed.”
The celebration earned Jadhav a stinker from none other than party chief Sharad Pawar, who has stated that people in public life should desist from over-the-top waste of money or then give up their public persona.
Jadhav told Hindustan Times that he was not keen on issuing a statement. He is , however, learnt to have told some television channels that he would resign if he was found guilty of any irregularity.
Meanwhile, local television news channels reported that deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had supported Jadhav, pointing out that there was no drought in Konkan, Mumbai and Pune.
BJP’s list of leaders who disobeyed Pawar
Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party has produced a list naming six NCP leaders who have defied their party chief Sharad Pawar’s diktat and spent crores of rupees on weddings and birthday parties at a time when almost half the districts in the state are reeling under drought.
BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari on Tuesday said these extravagant events were organised after Pawar rapped his party minister Bhaskar Jadhav for his children’s lavish weddings on February 13. “It shows that party leaders and workers are hardly bothered about their chief’s feelings. The exhibition of wealth was after Pawar gave an earful to Jadhav,” he said.
Rural development minister and NCP leader Jayant Patil celebrated his birthday on February 16 by displaying more than 10,000 boards from Sangli to Mumbai, Bhandari said.
NCP MLC Deepak Salunkhe, too, spent more than Rs10 crore on hoardings, and newspapers advertisements on the occasion of his birthday. The MLC is from the drought-affected Solapur district, which is represented by Pawar himself.
“Similarly, Ashok Gawde, deputy mayor of Navi Mumbai municipal corporation, has spent lakhs on his daughter’s wedding,” he said.
Bhandari alleged that the NCP-backed MLA from Chinchwad, Laxman Jagtap, spent crores on his birthday celebrations on February 15. He said 60,000 vegetarian and 15,000 non-vegetarian thalis, and liquor worth Rs60 lakh were served at the party.
Sangli mayor Idris Nayakwadi also spent crores on a wedding reception of a relative, he claimed.