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NCP’s Ajit Pawar Clears Air on Allegations in Meera Borwankar’s Book

Deputy Chief Minister Responds to Accusations with GR Evidence

Mumbai| October 17, 2023: The Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, has come forward to address the allegations made against him in the book authored by former IPS officer and ex-Pune Police Commissioner, Meera Borwankar. He has firmly denied any wrongdoing and supported his statement with a Government Resolution (GR) issued in 2008.

In a press conference held earlier today, Ajit Pawar vehemently stated, “I was the Guardian Minister of Pune for several years. During my tenure, I conducted various review meetings to oversee the district’s development. Despite claims in a retired IPS officer’s book and media speculation that I should have taken action, I can assure you that I played no part in this matter.”

The then Divisional Commissioner, Dilip Bund, has also weighed in on the situation, shedding light on the matter during a press conference. He unequivocally affirmed that Ajit Pawar was not involved and emphasized that it was a decision made by the state government.

The crux of the matter lies in a Government Resolution (GR) issued by the Home Department of the Government of Maharashtra back in 2008. This GR outlined the need to consider available space in the Pune city area for the expansion of industrialization and to accommodate the growing requirements of police offices and residences. The GR also proposed the formation of a committee to examine these considerations.

The committee was subsequently formed on February 21, 2008, and it submitted its report to the government in August of the same year. During a meeting chaired by the then Home Minister, a proposal emerged to utilize the available space for police offices and residences in Pune city. The Divisional Commissioner instructed the Public Works Department to conduct a financial analysis for a pilot project, which would be implemented on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis.

Ajit Pawar emphasized that the decision to proceed with this project was reached after consensus, and the Ministry of Home Affairs was entrusted with executing it.

Regarding the allegations made by Meera Borwankar that the decision had been altered due to her objections, Ajit Pawar contested this claim. He highlighted that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had taken action against a company involved in the matter, effectively nullifying the government’s role in this. Ajit Pawar concluded by reiterating that the land remained under the possession of the Maharashtra government.

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