NCP chief Pawar came out in support of the Adani Group and criticized Hindenburg Research’s report
Taking a jibe at Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray and the Congress party, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde asked them to heed the words of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar on the Adani issue.
Speaking to the media after a property exhibition in Kalyan on Friday night, CM Shinde said, “The Congress started an agitation seeking an explanation of Rs.20,000 crore in the Adani Group. Even Uddhav Thackeray continuously spoke on this issue. Now Pawar has commented and those who are protesting should heed these comments.”
CM Shinde said in a swipe at the Congress and Shiv Sena (UBT), which are allies with the NCP in the Maha Vikas Aghadi that Pawar is a very senior politician and must have spoken on the Adani issue after much study, and, therefore, those protesting should clarify their stand.
Hindenburg Research, a US-based short seller had alleged large-scale stock manipulation and accounting fraud in the firms of billionaire Gautam Adani.
The Congress created propaganda out of the report and led strident protests by the opposition and others against the Narendra Modi government.
Meanwhile, in an interview with NDTV, Pawar came out supporting the Adani Group and criticized the narrative around Hindenburg Research’s report on the conglomerate.
Pawar said, “Such statements were given by other individuals earlier too and there was a ruckus in Parliament for a few days but this time out-of-proportion importance was given to the issue. The issues that were kept, who kept them, we had never heard of these people who gave the statement, what is the background. When they raise issues that cause a ruckus across the country, the cost is borne by the country’s economy, we cannot disregard these things. It seems this was targeted.”
Meanwhile, Congress seems to be on the back foot over the remark of its ally Sharad Pawar. The Congress party backed its demand for JPC, stating that despite Pawar’s different view, the 20 like-minded Opposition parties are convinced that the issue is grave.
Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh released a statement saying that despite any differences, the 20 like-minded parties are still united and will collaborate to defeat the BJP.
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