NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the backdrop of central agencies intensifying investigation against leaders of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi.
Pawar was later quoted by ANI saying, I brought to the notice of the PM the matter regarding (ED) attaching properties of Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut. If a central agency takes a step like this, then they’ve to take responsibility for it this action against him because he speaks against the Govt?
Pawar later on went on to say that he is not interested in becoming UPA president and that the MVA would return to power in Maharashtra in the next assembly elections .
Pawar was closeted with Modi at the prime minister’s office in Parliament for nearly 20 minutes.
The meeting comes on a day when the CBI took custody of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh. Deshmukh was taken into custody by the CBI team from the Arthur Road Prison in Central Mumbai and placed under arrest in connection with corruption allegations raised against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.
The meeting also comes a day after the Enforcement Directorate attached assets worth more than Rs 11.15 crore of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s wife and two of his associates in a money-laundering investigation linked to certain land deals.