Hazare took contract to defame me: Padamsinh

Latur: Suspended NCP leader Padmasinh Patil on Sunday said that noted social worker Anna Hazare, who has accused the MP of plotting to kill him, has taken a "supari" (contract) to defame him.

"Hazare has taken a supari (contract) to defame me. It is a conspiracy to finish my political career," Padamsinh, released on bail in the 2006 Pawanraje Nimbalkar murder case, told reporters. "I will campaign for the NCP," he added.

Hazare began an indefinite hunger strike at his village Ralegansiddhi in Ahmednagar district on October 2 demanding action against Padmasinh Patil, who he alleged, plotted to murder him.

"I have so far launched agitations against several political parties but no other party is as dangerous as Sharad Pawar's NCP," Hazare said.

Besides Padamsinh, Hazare is also demanding immediate action against state minister Nawab Malik and former ministers Suresh Jain and Vijaykumar Gavit all of whom were found guilty of corruption and maladministration by the P B Sawant commission.

Hazare said the Commission submitted its report on February 23, 2005 but no action has been taken against them till date.

The Commission was appointed by the state government on September 1, 2003 following an indefinite hunger strike by Hazare who had levelled the corruption charges.

All four had tendered their resignations after the enquiry report was made public.

"Instead of taking action, Malik was made a minister again while Padamsinh was given a ticket for Lok Sabha," he said. Padamsinh got elected from Osmanabad.

Saying he was against giving cabinet berths to relatives of ministers found guilty by the Commission, Hazare said "It shows that the politicians consider cabinet berths as their ancestral property."

Bureau Report