New Delhi: Hours after NCP supremo Sharad Pawar slammed former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis alleging he had ‘something to hide’, the latter hit out claiming that the BJP in the state was facing a “perception war” from Pawar’s party on Citizenship law. Also Read - 'Let's make India COVID-19-free', PM Modi to BJP Workers on Party's 40th Foundation Day
Fadnavis asserted that Pawar’s actions will have to be countered in a political fight taken to the streets. Also Read - 9 PM 9 Minutes: TMC Leader Warns Against Switching Off Lights, BJP Calls it Intimidation Tactic
Speaking on the second day of a two-day state-level convention held in Nerul in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, Fadnavis said, “NCP chief Sharad Pawar is playing a perception war against the BJP-led Union government, deliberately creating confusion over CAA. Disinformation that citizenship (of certain communities) will be taken away by CAA is being spread.” Also Read - Uddhav Thackeray a Revelation, Tweets Omar Abdullah; Sena 'Makeover' Earns Praise Amid Corona Fight
His comment comes after the Nationalist Congress Party chief demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe be held against the former CM. Pawar was not very keen on transferring the case to NIA and said that the Centre should have consulted the Maharashtra government before handing over the case to the agency.
“There seems to be something that the then Fadnavis government wants to hide, hence the investigation has been handed over to NIA. When the Koregaon-Bhima violence took place, Fadnavis government was in power,” Pawar said, as quoted by news agency PTI. He furthered, “Koregaon-Bhima, and Elgar Parishad, held in Pune a day before the violence, are two different issues. Is writing rebellious literature and speaking against the government an anti-national activity?”
However, the former Maharashtra CM was quick to kill his silence over the allegation and said that Sharad Pawar was opposing it because he feared his truth will come out of the NIA investigation.
Sharad Pawar, an astute politician, has been openly opposing the Centre’s move on implementing the contentious CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act). He has, on repeated occasions, called the law “divisive” and “diversionary” and extended his support to leaders who are opposing the act until it is ultimately scrapped.
Lambasting at former ally Shiv Sena, which parted ways after the month-long drama of state Assembly polls and joined hands with the Congress and NCP, Fadnavis alleged, “Congress leaders will continue insulting VD Savarkar… how long is the Sena leadership going to tolerate it?”
Throwing an open dare at the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, he said, “I challenge you (Shiv Sena) to fight elections again if you are so confident. BJP will defeat Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena alone in the polls.” He went on to say that the Sena should find a fresh face instead of throwing challenges at the BJP.