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Fighting defections in NCP, Sharad Pawar points finger at Devendra Fadnavis

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has made a few serious allegations against the Devendra Fadnavis government saying it is using probe agencies like the CBI, ED and ACB to pressurise NCP-Congress leaders to switch loyalties, a charge that Maharashtra CM Fadnavis denied while asking Pawar to “introspect”. The NCP cited examples of some of the NCP leaders claiming that investigation agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate and Anti-Corruption Bureau are being used by the state government to enable defections. His remarks came after a number of NCP leaders quit the party to either join the BJP or Shiv Sena. Reacting to Wagh’s resignation, Pawar claimed that she was under pressure to leave the party after a probe initiated by the ACB against her husband and the institutions she is running. Pawar also cited the example of former Congress leader from Pandharpur, Kalyan Kale saying the sugar mill controlled by Kale was in a difficult situation and the Fadnavis government, by flouting norms, gave Rs 30-35 crore for it and asked him to join the BJP.

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