Pawar will have to fend for himself: Cong

Congress maintained that Pawar will have to fend for himself in the IPL bid row.

Updated: Jun 06, 2010, 23:57 PM IST

New Delhi: As Sharad Pawar appeared to be in
further trouble over the IPL bid issue, Congress today
maintained that the Agriculture Minister will have to fend for

"The Congress party`s stand is the same. These are the
nitty-gritty details about which you will have to ask the NCP.
A general inquiry into the matter is already on," party
spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said today.

He said this when asked about reports that the company,
in which Pawar and his family members have direct
share-holding, bid for an IPL team on its own behalf.

Reacting to the reports, Pawar has maintained that the
bid was made by a top official of the company in his personal
capacity and not on behalf of the firm.

He said what was relevant was the subsequent resolution
of the board in March which he said was "binding".

Congress has all along maintained that Pawar should be
asked the questions on IPL bid controversy and indicated that
it was for the NCP leader to fend for himself.

Pawar, who is also former BCCI chief, and his MP 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 a 16 per cent
equity in City Corporation, one of the bidders.

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.