Ajit Pawar as he denies allegation by Nana Patole

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There was never any cut on budgetary funds: Ajit Pawar as he denies allegation by Nana Patole | F10 News Photo

Reacting to the allegation by Nana Patole, Ajit Pawar, who also holds the finance portfolio, rejected criticism that he has denied development funds to MVA allies Congress and the Shiv Sena.

‘’I have never discriminated against anyone. There was never any cut on budgetary funds,” he said.

Amid the deepening political turmoil in Maharashtra, state Congress president Nana Patole on Thursday accused Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar of harassing Congress legislators and ministers by stalling their development funds.

Patole’s statement was in reference to some rebel Shiv Sena MLAs targeting the NCP for denying development funds to them.

NCP and Congress are part of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Ajit Pawar is the state finance minister.

“Ajit Pawar has harassed Congress MLAs and ministers also. We opposed this tactics saying the government was for the welfare of people. Our opposition to such tactic was not political,” Patole said.

When asked about Patole’s allegation, senior NCP leader and minister Chhagan Bhujbal played down his remarks saying, “Even within parties, leaders complain against each other. So this is not anything that can be taken seriously.” The MVA government is on the brink of collapse after Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde rebelled against the party and went to Guwahati in Assam with some rebel MLAs.

Rebel Sena MLA Sanjay Shirsat has written a letter to CM Thackeray claiming that Shinde took the step of going against the party leadership as Sena MLAs, who faced “humilitation” for the last two-and-a-half years, persuaded him to do so. In the letter, Shirsat also said Shinde opened doors for the party MLAs to listen to their grievances, issues about development work in their constituencies and related fund, and problems with allies Congress and NCP.

(With inputs from agencies)

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