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Anil Deshmukh News: Anil Deshmukh’s arrest a big jolt for NCP, its chief Sharad Pawar | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: Former home minister Anil Deshmukh’s arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act is being viewed as a major setback for the NCP, particularly for its president Sharad Pawar.
Several other key leaders of NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress are on the radar of the ED and income-tax authorities as institutions associated with public works minister Ashok Chavan, transport minister Anil Parab, Sena leaders Pratap Sarnaik, Anandrao Adsul and Bhavan Gawali, NCP leader Eknath Khadse, his wife Mandakini and his daughter Rohini are being probed.

NCP spokesperson and minister Nawab Malik reacted sharply to Deshmukh’s arrest and to the I-T action against Ajit Pawar. “It is gross abuse of power. Deshmukh is bring framed under PMLA. In the past, our leader Chhagan Bhujbal too was framed, but the court granted him a clean chit,” Malik said. On Ajit Pawar, Malik was quoted by PTI as saying, “It is being said that the IT department attached properties linked to Ajit Pawar. But there is no truth in it. The property belongs to everyone and they say it belongs to Ajit Pawar. This is done to defame him.”

Malik said BJP first made an attempt to destabilize the West Bengal government, and after it had failed there, it was targeting the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra. “We will fight back, both politically and legally. Any attempt to destabilize the MVA government will be thwarted,” Malik said.

A week ago, when CBI raided the residence of Deshmukh in Mumbai and Nagpur, Sharad Pawar had expressed displeasure, saying it was the sixth raid in the matter and it was the responsibility of the CBI to come out with the outcome of the raids. With Ajit Pawar’s close relatives too raided by I-T in October, the NCP chief had said the NDA government was targeting political opponents.

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