NCP supremo Sharad Pawar embraces Shiv Sena's support

While talking to reporters outside his residence, Pawar said that the action being taken against him in the alleged MSCB embezzlement case is to tarnish the image of the opposition

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After cancelling his visit to Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Mumbai, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar on Friday thanked all the political parties which extended him support including Shiv Sena. 

While talking to reporters outside his residence, Pawar said that the action being taken against him is to tarnish the image of the opposition. Pawar also thanked Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Sanjay Raut for their support.

Our ideologies might be different but Maharashtra never tolerates injustice and atrocities and I have seen that today,” said Sharad Pawar.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had come out in support of the senior leader while stating that even social activist Anna Hazare, who is one of the petitioners in this matter, gave clean chit to Pawar. 

Raut had said that despite differences in political ideologies, nobody has taken advantage of the investigation agencies. Pawar is one of the tallest and significant leaders in Maharashtra. 

Pawar has been named in a criminal case filed by ED, along with his nephew Ajit Pawar and 70 others, in connection with the alleged multi-crore Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) embezzlement case. 

ED had filed the case after the Mumbai Police registered an FIR on the directions of Bombay High Court. 

The NCP chief had decided to visit the ED office on Friday in order to understand the charges against him and provide any information which the investigating official sought. 

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However, Pawar cancelled his visit after being approached by Mumbai Commissioner Sanjay Barve and considering the law and order situation amid the protests being carried out by NCP workers and leaders across Maharashtra. 

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