After a high level meeting at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence at Delhi, NCP leader and a minister himself in Maha Vikash Aghadi Government, Jayant Patil said that, Maharashtra Home minister Anil Deshmukh’s resignation is not required. Earlier, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that it is Uddhav Thackeray who has to decide on Anil Deshmukh's resignation.
The high level meeting was attended by Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, Minister Jayant Patil, NCP MP Supriya Sule, Praful Patel and Congress leader Kamal Nath.
Earlier today, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday threw Param Bir under the bus, figuratively, and claimed his allegations against Deshmukh were because of his removal from his post. He alleged that Singh was making ‘wild allegations’ against Deshmukh after he was removed from his post as Mumbai CP.
However, he did say that that the allegations made against the Home Minister are serious. He further said that the Chief Minister has the full authority to initiate an enquiry against the home minister based on the allegations.
Pawar admitted that Singh had met him regarding his transfer and said that it was Singh who got controversial Mumbai Police cop Sachin Vaze reinstated. He further added that the current controversy will not have any impact on the future of Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray in Maharashtra.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad held a press conference today to address the allegations against Deshmukh. He also raised questions on the role of Pawar in the Sachin Vaze case.
Meanwhile, retorting to Pawar's comments on Param Bir Singh's letter, ex-CM Devendra Fadnavis, on Sunday insisted that Deshmukh must step down and either a court-monitored probe or Central probe must be initiated into Singh's 'extortion' allegations. Claiming that Pawar was saying half-truths, Fadnavis said that the allegations were too grave to be ignored.
Former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh had alleged leveled that Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Dehsmukh wanted police officers to collect Rs 100 crore monthly from bars and hotels.