Sharad Pawar challenges the Shinde-Fadnavis administration to launch an investigation into his alleged involvement in the Patra Chawl issue

by Web Desk | Published: 21 Sep 2022

BMC Elections 2022
Sharad Pawar, a former Union Minister and leader of the NCP urged the state government on Wednesday to investigate him in response to BJP lawmaker Atul Bhatkhalkar's allegations that he had ties to the Patra Chawl redevelopment case. "I am open to questions. Conduct it within four, eight, ten days, as soon as you can. But if the investigation reveals that the accusations are unfounded, the state administration ought to make clear how it would respond to people who have made them, he said.
Pawar, who was joined by former Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad, acknowledged holding the discussion in 2006 regarding the rebuilding of Patra Chawl. The meeting's minutes, which were disclosed by Pawar and were signed by the former housing secretary SS Kshatriya, state that any changes to the government decision must be approved by the government, not the secretary. He requested the agency to send copies of the court ruling to the Secretary of Housing as he adjourned the meeting. The CM was informed about the meeting by the secretary of housing.
He refuted Bhatlkhalkar's claim that the conference to decide the contract to be handed to Guru Ashish and the government resolution was attended by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who is currently in jail. Awhad asserted that accusations made against Pawar were intended to discredit him. "Conduct an investigation. If these accusations are unfounded and careless, however, state what steps will be done against the parties involved," he urged.
Even though the location of the Vedanta Foxconn project has already been chosen, Pawar said it is sad that it will not be built in Maharashtra. Having the project in Maharashtra would have been fantastic. But it didn't take place. Gujarat has received the project. It is developing across the nation. I'm not going to fight just to fight. However, he stressed that the state government should foster a climate that is favourable to investors.
According to Pawar, the state's reputation as a favourite investment location has suffered. But everyone should work to foster an environment that will draw investment so that the state will profit. Without adopting a political position, this should be done," he continued.
Image Courtesy: Twitter @ndtv