Following an open revolt from within his party for allegedly giving clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, over Rafale deal, NCP chief and former union minister Sharad Pawar made it clear that he didn’t given clean chit to any one. Stating that he was quoted out of context, he asked `Whom am I to do so?”
Asserting that he di not given anyone any clean chit, he recalled that in the same interview he had also insisted on a joint parliamentary committee for Rafale deal. “I had voiced the need to make public the purchase price of jte, he added.
It may be recalled that co-founder of the party and MP from Bihar Tariq Anwar had resigned from the party and also as MP, protesting against party chief’s support to Modi on this deal. Pawar also said that after going through the interview, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechuri also said that there was nothing wrong in what he had said. However, his clarification failed to convince Anwar, to stay back in the party.
After Anwar resigned, former Maharashtra Minority Commission’s chairman Munaf Hakim also resigned. Party’s efforts to placate both Anwar and Hakim failed as they refused to budge and did not entertain any calls from Pawar’s political emissary Praful Patel.
“It is a sad day for us as our senior colleague has left us. It’s very surprising because he has based his resignation based on a news channel interview where facts are very clear on Rafale deal. Before taking such a drastic step, he should have spoken to Pawar,” Patel said. Pawar’s daughter and Baramati MP Supriya Sule, too, jumped into the controversy and tweeted saying Pawar was being misquoted.