Thursday, May 19, 2022

Terrible faux pas by Sharad Pawar’”and Deshmukh: Nowhere to hide!

It would’ve been hilarious but for the fact that this is in defence of a man accused of demanding Rs 100 crore per month as extortion money from the police under his command. 

Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, the man at the centre of accusation, had no less than his own party chief, Sharad Pawar of NCP, the centrifugal force in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, come out in his defence in public. 

Pawar today told the reporters that Deshmukh was in hospital between February 6-15 and home-quarantined between February 16-27, implying that the charge of ex top cop of Mumbai, Param Bir Singh against his man was nothing but bogus. 

“We will share all these records with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The question of resignation (of Deshmukh) does not arise now,” added Mr Pawar.

But social media is an unforgiving place. No sooner had Pawar made the assertion, BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya came out with a tweet, showing Deshmukh addressing a press conference on February 15. 

The assembled reporters lost no time in bringing it to Pawar’s notice, in the middle of his address to them. Pawar’s reaction, to this interjection, is worth a view in itself. 

Now it was Deshmukh’s turn to come to his boss’ defence. The state home minister said that he had actually the press outside the hospital itself on February 15, and that thereafter he had gone straight to his home to be quarantined between February 16-27. 

But Malviya was unforgiving. He twisted the dagger that bit deeper in the flesh, so to say. 

On February 8, Deshmukh had met a delegation of Congress leaders who were upset at the tweets by celebrities, including Sachin Tendulkar, which ran against the narrative of protesting farmers and international celebrities such as Rihanna.

Thats not all. It seemed there was no reprieve for Deshmukh yet.

Malviya also reproduced a tweet of Deshmukh on February 18 where the latter has condoled the death of one of security guard at his bungalow. Malviya’s words in his tweet are worth a read on its own. 

Former Maharashtra chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis wasn’t the one to let go the free hit: “It seems Sharad Pawarji is not briefed properly on Parambir Singh letter. In this letter only, the SMS evidence shows that the meeting date was mentioned as end of February. Now who is diverting the issue.”

Indeed, Param Bir Singh in his letter had never mentioned the exact date of his meeting with Deshmukh in any case. He had just said in and around mid-February. 

In his press conference, this is what Pawar said in addition to his faux pas: “The important issue is the Ambani bomb scare case. After the arrests made by the anti-terror squad, it is now clear who killed Hirani, During the investigation it will be revealed why did these two kill Mansukh Hiren…on whose behalf.

“The Mumbai ATS is probing in the right direction. Now to divert that vague allegations have been levelled by Param Bir Singh,” he added. 


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