IPL controversy: BJP demands Pawar`s resignation

Last Updated: Sunday, June 6, 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.


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First Published: Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 19:08

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