Mumbai: Maharashtra NCP today said it does
not give credence to opposition`s criticism over its leader
Sharad Pawar`s alleged occupancy with cricket.
Addressing a press conference here, state unit spokesman
Prakash Binsale said the opposition parties have nothing new
to say while criticising Pawar.
Binsale was responding to criticism of Shiv Sena-BJP
asking him to choose between cricket and Union Agriculture,
Food and Civil Supplies Ministry.
"Pawar saheb has been involved in several activities
apart from politics and has held many posts in different
sporting bodies. He has done justice to all of them including
his ministerial responsibilities," he said.
Binsale said the country was self sufficient in food and
currently has 25 million tonnes more in storage godowns.
"With a bumper crop expected this year due to good rains,
the challenge will be storage of food grains. Food inflation
is coming down but there can be an effect of fuel hike on
prices," he said.
Binsale said he had spoken with Pawar today and the NCP
supremo had not made any demand regarding inclusion of more
ministers of state for the ministries handled by him.
"It is the Prime Minister`s prerogative," he said.
The NCP chief wants to devote more time to the party,
apart from handling his new responsibility as the
International Cricket Committee (ICC) president.
Pawar had yesterday told reporters in Delhi that he had
met the Prime Minister and requested him to reduce his