Amid allegations, Sharad Pawar says won't contest another election

Hit by allegations over the Lavasa land scam, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and union Agriculture Minister Sharad pawar has said that he will not contest any more elections. He, however, clarified that he would continue to lead his party, CNN IBN reported.

He insisted that  the Lavasa land was allotted as per government policy and there was  no scam involved. "When we carry developmental work, we have to face all kinds of allegations. Clearance for Lavasa project was given as per government policy," Pawar said in a media statement.

Sharad Pawar. Reuters.

Police officer-turned-lawyer YP Singh on Thursday attacked Kejriwal for his Wednesday's Gadkari "expose" and alleged that the scam involving the BJP chief was nothing compared to the one indulged in by Sharad Pawar and his relatives in Lavasa, near Pune.

NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said that the land given to Lavasa Corporation by Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation was as per law and in accordance with the government's policy to encourage development of new hill stations in the state.

"Sharad Pawar is a visionary and...He supported Lavasa project as he wants more hill stations to be developed in the state. Maharashtra did not have a single new hill station after Matheran, Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar which were developed by the British," Malik said.

IAC complimented Singh for raising the issue but clarified on his claim by saying that Pawar's name was included in the list of 15 ministers against whom it had sought a probe for alleged corruption.

"Our top office-bearers had also carried out a 10-day dharna agitation in July. So it is not proper on Y.P. Singh's part to say that we have kept quiet in the matter of allegations against Sharad Pawar," IAC said.