IPL controversy: BJP demands Pawar`s resignation
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 06, 2010, 19:08
Uttan: BJP on Sunday stepped up the campaign against NCP Chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar demanding his resignation in the wake of the failed IPL bid by Pune-based City Corporation Ltd (CCL) in which he and his family members have direct share-holding.

"Pawar has been repeatedly misleading the country and misrepresenting the facts on his role in IPL bidding," Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

Pawar, who is also former BCCI chief, and his Parliamentarian daughter Supriya Sule have been embroiled in the controversy over the bid for the Pune IPL team, which was won by Sahara group, after it came to light that the Pawar family had 16 per cent equity in City Corporation.

But Pawar claimed that its MD Aniruddha Deshpande bid for the Pune team on his own and the company's Board was against the move even though it allowed him to use the company's name on bid documents.

"It is not that only Pawar is misleading the country but CCL MD Anirudh Deshpande has also misrepresented the facts and Company Affairs Ministry must take action," he said.

"If Pawar fails to quit, Prime Minister should take action against him," Prasad said, while calling for a Joint Parliamentary Committee inquiry into the issue.


First Published: Sunday, June 06, 2010, 19:08

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