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‘Its leaders don’t face ED action’: Sharad Pawar targets BJP

Addressing an event, Sharad Pawar claimed that misuse of power is evident when anyone opposes the ruling BJP.

Screenshot 2024 02 12 070145PUNE: Veteran politician Sharad Pawar on Sunday claimed that no BJP leader has faced action from the Enforcement Directorate since the party has been been in power.

On the Election Commission recently recognising the faction led by his nephew Ajit Pawar as the ‘real’ NCP and allotting the party’s poll symbol ‘Clock’ to his group, Sharad Pawar said such a situation has never been witnessed in the country and the people will not support such a decision.

Ajit Pawar walked away with a majority NCP MLAs in the Maharashtra assembly in July last year and joined the Eknath Shinde-led state government.

The EC has allotted ‘Nationalist Congress Party-Sharadchandra Pawar’ as the party name for the group led by Sharad Pawar.

Addressing an event here, Sharad Pawar claimed that misuse of power is evident when anyone opposes the ruling BJP.

“The ED has conducted investigations across the country, with 6,000 cases registered from 2005 to 2023. But, substantial findings were obtained in 25 cases, and 85 per cent of the cases involved political leaders from the opposition,” he claimed.

“Since the BJP has been in power (from 2014), no leader from the party has faced action from the ED. Moreover, investigations against BJP leaders were halted after the party came to power,” he further claimed at the Aarogya Doot Abhiyan organised by his party here.

Later, when reporters at a press conference asked him about the EC’s decision on the NCP name and symbol, the Rajya Sabha member said he had contested his first election on the symbol of ‘a pair of bullocks’.

Thoughts and ideology are more important than any symbol, he said.

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