Modi couldn’t bring black money home, doesn’t deserve second term: Pawar

Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar, Enforcement Directorate, ED
The Maharashtra ruling coalition is safe and there is no threat to it, Sharad Pawar, leader of NCP, a partner in the alliance, sought to assert, dismissing talk of rift among the allies amid the COVID pandemic. | File Photo

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on April 12 said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed to fulfill his 2014 pre-poll promise of recovering black money within 100 days of coming to power

He also criticised the BJP-led NDA government over its failure to clean the river Ganga. “The Prime Minister had promised that if he failed to recover black money in 100 days, he is ready for punishment of hanging in public. But the black money has not come out…so what happened to his promise?…though we are not interested in hanging anyone in public,” he said.

Pawar was speaking at a rally organised in support of NCP candidate from the Kolhapur Lok Sabha constituency Dhananjay Mahadik.

The Maratha strongman also recalled a statement given by Union minister Uma Bharti in December 2017 over cleaning of the Ganga. Bharti had said she would launch ‘mahaupvaas se mahaprayan’ (fast unto death) if implementation of plans related to Ganga cleaning did not start by October 2018.

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Pawar said the sacred river still remained polluted, but Bharti has not yet launched her fast unto death.

The Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra is not serious about providing reservation to the Maratha community, he alleged.

The BJP-led government first decided to provide reservation to the Marathas and then asked someone close to it to file a petition in the Bombay High Court against the
measure, he claimed.

“The BJP-led government is fooling people. This government has no right to stay in power as it is insensitive towards farmers and the poor,” he said.

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