NCP leaders held a gathering with occasion chief Sharad Pawar, the place they mentioned that Malik’s resignation shouldn’t be sought although a PMLA court gave ED his custody until March 3. Congress ministers Balasaheb Thorat, Ashok Chavan and Sunil Kedar additionally referred to as on Sharad Pawar and mentioned the fallout of Malik’s arrest. Following the assembly, Pawar met chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to convey their views.
Later, NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbal, flanked by Thorat and Shiv Sena’s Subhash Desai, mentioned, “there isn’t any query of resignation. Simply because he was arrested doesn’t imply he has to resign. He has not been convicted. An allegation has been leveled by a central company which is engaged on vested curiosity. Even Union minister Narayan Rane was arrested lately (for saying he would have slapped the chief minister) however he hasn’t resigned, so why ought to Malik?”
BJP, nonetheless, mentioned that it might take to the streets if the CM doesn’t ask Malik to resign. “We are going to take to the streets and agitate if Malik doesn’t resign,” state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil mentioned. Minutes after Malik was despatched to ED custody, opposition chief Devendra Fadnavis alleged, “this can be a very critical situation the place a minister has actual property offers with Dawood Ibrahim who’s India’s enemy. Dawood’s sister Haseena Parkar obtained the cash that Malik paid for the land deal. The ED has obtained statements from the 1993 bomb blast accused who’ve given statements in opposition to Malik.” BJP leaders informed ET that if Malik’s resignation was not sought, they might meet governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on the difficulty. MVA leaders are planning a protest in opposition to BJP’s ‘vendetta politics’.
Earlier, Pawar mentioned his occasion had anticipated such an motion in opposition to Malik as he spoke brazenly. “Which case have they dug up? It’s easy. They take the identify of Dawood, particularly if there’s a Muslim activist. There isn’t any relation, however it’s achieved.” Pawar mentioned that he too was ‘focused equally’ within the early 90s when he was the CM of Maharashtra and an environment was created in opposition to him. “Twenty-five years have handed since then. Equally, names are being taken to defame folks… Individuals who take positions in opposition to the Centre or the misuse of probe businesses are being troubled and that is what has occurred right here,” he mentioned.
Maharashtra NCP president and minister Jayant Patil mentioned the state by no means noticed such ‘political vendetta’ previously and claimed efforts have been made to tug down the MVA authorities. Talking throughout the occasion’s on-going mass outreach programme in Solapur in western Maharashtra, Patil mentioned Malik was arrested ‘with out cause’. “Arrests are being made for no cause with the assistance of central businesses. This isn’t proper,” Patil mentioned. The state water sources minister alleged he, too, was pressured to hitch the BJP in 2019.