Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on 10 June 2018 joined the larger opposition narrative that the BJP was trying to generate sympathy by playing a “threat letter card”.
Speaking at a function marking the 19th anniversary of the NCP as well as the culmination of the party’s ‘Halla Bol’ campaign, Pawar said the people would not fall prey to the BJP’s attempts to generate sympathy. A string of rallies and protests were held under the NCP’s ‘Halla Bol’ campaign against the BJP-led Maharashtra government.
Speaking on the recent reports of an alleged plot to assassinate Modi and Fadnavis, Pawar said, “A retired police official told me that when such letters comes, it does not go to media but to the security agencies to double security measure.”
“The authenticity of these letters is yet to be proved. BJP is losing popularity, and to gain it back, they are coming up with these tactics. However, people will not fall for it,” Pawar added.
Pawar also criticised the government for arresting five people over alleged connection with Maoists. He said, “Entire worlds knows who is behind Bhima-Koregaon violence but instead of taking action against them, the government is arresting those who have no connection with the incident”.
Pawar also said that the government ‘is playing vendetta politics’ and Chhagan Bhujbal has fallen prey to it. “He was kept behind bars for two-and-half years, though he was innocent. Now in a similar way, the government is targeting former finance minister P Chidambaram.”
‘Those arrested are innocent’
Pawar asserted that the people arrested for inciting the violence in Bhima-Koregaon earlier this year were innocent. “When like-minded people came together to organise Elgar Parishad, they were called Naxalites and arrested,” Pawar said. “Everyone knows who executed the Bhima Koregaon violence, but those who have no link with it were arrested. This is misuse of power.”
Maharashtra Chief Minister Fadnavis hit back at Pawar in a tweet
The comment drew sharp reactions from BJP with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hit out at the veteran leader saying he did not expect Mr Pawar to to “stoop down to this level”.
Reacting to Pawar’s statement, Fadnavis hit back at Pawar in a tweet. “PM is the leader of our nation and not just a political party. Pawar is not expected to stoop Down to this level. Police has all the evidences and truth will prevail,” he tweeted.
It is very unfortunate that Sharad Pawar ji is raising doubts about the communication ceased by the police which revels the plot to assassin Hon PM @narendramodi ji.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) June 10, 2018
A letter discussing a plot to assassinate PM Narendra Modi on the lines of former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s killing created controversy.
The letter, which talks about the assassination plot, was recovered from the house of Rona Wilson who was among five people arrested from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi in connection with ‘Elgar Parishad’ held in Maharashtra in December and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon violence in the district.