Maharashtra: BJP challenges Pawar’s defence of Anil Deshmukh, points out presser in February

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The BJP on Monday claimed that Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had held a “press conference” on February 15 which contradicted NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s assertion that he was hospitalized then.

Deshmukh, an NCP chief who’s beneath fireplace following allegations of corruption by IPS officer Param Bir Singh, nevertheless, mentioned it was solely a short interplay with the media when he was stepping out of hospital.

Defending Deshmukh, Pawar had mentioned the minister was hospitalized from February 5 to February 15 after which he was in dwelling quarantine until February 27. Singh, former Mumbai Police Commissioner, has alleged that Deshmukh had known as police officer Sachin Waze round mid-February at his official residence and requested him to assist with accumulating funds from bars and eating places.

Countering the NCP chief, BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “Shri Sharad Pawar ji mentioned, from fifteenth to twenty seventh February HM Anil Deshmukh was in dwelling quarantine.

“But actually along with security guards & media he was seen taking press conference!,” Fadnavis mentioned.

Deshmukh, nevertheless, mentioned in a video posted on Twitter that he was admitted to Nagpur’s Alexis Hospital from February 5 to February 15 as he had contracted COVID-19 and discharged on February 15.

“Several journalists had been standing exterior the hospital as I used to be stepping out of it. They wished to ask me some questions. I used to be feeling weak since I had simply recovered from COVID-19.

“So, I sat on a chair near the gate and replied to queries of journalists. Then I immediately got into the vehicle and got home quarantined,” Deshmukh mentioned.

He was in dwelling isolation until February 27 and stepped out on February 28 and attended a gathering at Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai, Deshmukh added.

Pawar, earlier in the day, had dominated out resignation by Deshmukh, saying Singh’s corruption allegations pertain to a interval when he was hospitalized.

In his eight-page letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Singh on Saturday claimed Deshmukh wished cops to gather Rs 100 crore month-to-month from bars and accommodations.

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