A major unease is emerged between BJP and Ajit Pawar faction of NCP when out on bail MLA Nawab Malik sat with the treasury benches in the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha yesterday.
NCP leader Nawab attended the Winter Session of the Maharashtra Assembly after securing bail on medical grounds. He was in jail after the ED arrested him in February 2022 in a money-laundering probe. Malik was a cabinet minister in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government at the time of his arrest. Malik made headlines by regularly firing salvo and holding press conferences with incriminating evidences against Samir Wankhede, the official who was involved in Aryan Khan case.
Nawab Malik had been extremely critical of the BJP in the past and the resentment for him in the BJP camp is equally virulent. Malik occupying treasury benches gave rise to the speculation that he is aligned with the Ajit Pawar faction of NCP. Though officially not a different entity, Ajit Pawar has left with a major chunk of the NCP MLAs and joined the Governement in coalistion with BJP, a sworn ideological enemy of the party founder and uncle of Ajit Pawar, Sharad Pawar.
Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has written a letter to Ajit Pawar in the matter. Some of allegations link Malik with the money laundering at the behest of underworld. It is reported that in his letter, Devendra Fadnavis objected inclusion of Malik in the ruling alliance, pointing out the charges in which Nawab Malik is being accused. Fadnavis significantly said “power comes and goes but the country is important”.
Senior leader of the Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray faction, Ambadas Danve asked the BJP and the Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena, how could they reconcile to the fact of allowing Nawab Malik to join after accusing him of corruption for months.
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