Pawar launches NCP poll campaign in Maharashtra

NCP president Sharad Pawar on Saturday launched his party's campaign for the Maharashtra assembly polls in Mumbai, expressing hope that the people would 'elect us for the fourth consecutive term.'
By HT Correspondent and IANS, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2014 10:34 AM IST

The NCP launched its Maharashtra assembly election campaign Saturday with leaders targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

In a direct attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar said that Shah is calling the Democratic Front government that is in power in (this) state as corrupt.

“There are a number of cases filed against Amit Shah. You look at his diary... It is filled with the dates when he has to appear for various court hearings...How his party is non-corrupt then,” Pawar countered.

Pawar’s utterances came in response to Shah’s allegations Thursday, accusing the Congress-NCP state government of being “the most corrupt and inefficient” and one that has been “looting” Maharashtra in the past 15 years of its rule here.

He also raised suspicion over the appointment of former chief justice of India P Sathasivam as governor of Kerala.

He said the media has been reporting about the connection between the appointment and the ruling of scrapping an FIR against Shah in fake encounter case by Sathasivam before his retirement.

Pawar also criticised Sathasivam for compromising on the dignity of the post he held.

Referring to several leaders and activists deserting the NCP, Pawar called upon his party workers never to utter their names during the campaign.

Pawar also cornered Shah over the allegation of corruption in Maharashtra levelled by the latter two days ago. He said that the person whose diary was probably full of dates related to pending court cases should not teach others about corruption.

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