ED's actions against Maha leaders bid to subdue state govt: Pawar
There is an attempt to encroach upon the state governments rights case and discourage the opponents by using these agencies as tools. To a question on the EDs raids at premises linked to Bhavana Gawali, Pawar said the issue is about educational institutions.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday claimed the Enforcement Directorate's actions against various Maharashtra leaders were an attempt to encroach on the state government's rights and discourage political opponents.
Notably, the ED is conducting a probe into separate money laundering cases against former state home minister and Anil Deshmukh, NCP leader Eknath Khadse. The central agency last week also conducted raids at multiple premises in Maharashtra linked to Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali in connection with a money laundering case.
Talking to reporters here, Pawar said, ''Never heard of so many ED's actions in Maharashtra in the past. One action is going on against Khadse, another against Anil Deshmukh, also against Bhawna Gawali. There is an attempt to encroach upon the state government's rights case and discourage the opponents by using these agencies as tools.'' To a question on the ED's raids at premises linked to Bhavana Gawali, Pawar said the issue is about educational institutions. ''When there are allegations against these kinds of institutions, the complaints can be lodged before the charity commissioner. If not the charity commissioner, then there are state government agencies, but here directly the ED was involved,'' the former Union minister said. Asked about the possibility of a third COVID-19 wave, Pawar said, ''I have seen many events happening where the (COVID-19 prevention) protocols are not being followed.'' Pawar said since Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked political parties to immediately stop agitations, meetings, and other events to avoid crowding, he will not attend programs involving large gatherings ''I will only attend programs organized indoors with a limited number of people,'' he said.
To a question on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's comments that Hindus and Muslims share the same ancestry, Pawar quipped, ''This is an addition to my knowledge.'' Pawar also expressed reservations over the Reserve Bank of India's interference in the cooperative sector.
''The cooperative lenders spread the banking sector to the grass-root level. These banks help many people in case of financial needs. The merger and closure of cooperative banks are not only harmful to the cooperative sector, but also for the common people who have been benefiting from it,'' he said.
While earlier there was greater autonomy to select a cooperative bank's chairman, now these institutions will have to go to the RBI for it.
Pawar said ''this has weakened the cooperative sector''.
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