Sharad Pawar accuses Centre of misusing power ahead of Maharashtra polls, pressuring Opposition leaders to join BJP

Mumbai (Maharashtra): National Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday alleged that the Central government is pressuring leaders of Opposition parties to join the BJP.

Pawar went on to accuse that the BJP is misusing premier probe agencies to threaten politicians of various parties.

"Central Government is misusing their power before elections (Maharashtra), pressuring those leaders who are not willing to join BJP. This is not limited to Maharashtra, it has happened everywhere. Maharashtra Chief Minister and his cabinet ministers have been involved in calling many leaders. On the other side, we are getting complaints from many that some agencies are being used like ED, CBI and state government's ACB. These agencies are being used to threaten the public representatives," Pawar said while addressing the media in Mumbai.

 Sharad Pawar accuses Centre of misusing power ahead of Maharashtra polls, pressuring Opposition leaders to join BJP

File image of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Reuters

The former union minister also alleged that the state government has also directed some cooperative banks such as Maharashtra Co-operative Bank to help those leaders who are in crisis if they are willing to join the BJP.

Talking about the seat-sharing formula, Pawar said, "There is an understanding on about 240 seats between NCP and the Congress ahead of Assembly elections. Also, we are in talks with other parties for the rest of the seats. I am expecting that in coming 8-10 days all seats will be decided," he said while speaking to media.

Pawar also spoke about the fallout of Congress-JDS government in Karnataka and blamed the BJP for destabilising the government.

"They (BJP) did not have the majority in Karnataka but, JDS-Congress leaders were brought to Pune. A leader came to meet them but, was arrested in spite of having booked a hotel. He was not allowed to meet them citing that his presence is dangerous to the life of those MLA's. Now the new government has come in power now let us see what this government does," he said.

The Assembly Elections are due to be held in Maharashtra in October, 2019 to elect the 288 members of Legislative Assembly. In 2014 elections, the BJP came to power by winning 122 seats. It's ally Shiv Sena had bagged 62 seats. The Congress and the NCP bagged 42 and 41 seats, respectively.

Updated Date: Jul 28, 2019 13:43:24 IST