NCP may not have tie-up for ZP polls if Cong not keen: Pawar

NCP chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday said his party would go it alone in the Zilla Parishad polls in Maharashtra, if Congress was not keen to have an alliance.

Updated: Feb 26, 2011, 20:13 PM IST

Mumbai: NCP chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday said his party would go it alone in the Zilla Parishad polls in Maharashtra, if Congress was not keen to have an alliance.

"In any coalition one always goes with like-minded parties, and both the parties should compromise by discussing the issue. But if the other member is keen on going it alone, then we don`t have any other option," Pawar told reporters
after a meeting of party leaders in neighbouring Navi Mumbai.

Pawar also said that Muslims would be given more opportunities in the selection of candidates for Zilla Parishad polls.

"There are not many Muslim members on Zilla Parishads, compared to Dalits and women. The party`s effort would be to field more Muslim candidates this time," he said.

Regarding the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant, Pawar said it was necessary to overcome power deficit in the state.

"The state had ample power up to 1995 but today we are facing a power crisis. Jaitapur project would generate power at a cheaper rate," he said.

Pawar assured that Jaitapur project would not affect environment, comparing it with the Enron power plant set up in the same Konkan region in the 1990s.

"The Enron project also faced opposition then. But the power situation would have worsened if we had not got it then. It had no impact on environment," he said.

According to the prosecution counsel Advocate Navin Sharma, the FIR was registered in 2004 against Martin, who hails from Gujarat, when he had taken a group of young cricketers to England that year and facilitated the illegal stay of one of them there with a forged document.

The man Nimesh Patel, as per the police, had got nothing to do with the game and was subsequently deported by the British authorities for want of valid immigration papers.

As per the prosecution, Patel had said that he paid nearly Rs 7 lakh to Rajender Patel, the main agent for facilitating the illegal immigration, and Martin was the main beneficiary.

In July 2010, the police had called Martin for questioning but he did not appear. Martin claimed he had sought another date from the investigators but received no
response, a contention he could not prove before the court.

Meanwhile, the police secured an NBW from the court which had recently rejected Martin`s anticipatory bail plea.

PTI