Thane : Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale on Wednesday averred that Sharad Pawar didn’t stab in the back of Congress but it’s other way round.
Talking to media persons after attending a function in Kalyan city, RPI leader Athawale made the aforementioned statement in response to senior Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete’s remark on Mr Pawar.
Recently, former Union Minister Geete said, “Sharad Pawar formed the NCP by stabbing the Congress in the back. So, when there is such an acrimonious rift between the two Congresses, how can one expect the NCP and the Sena to agree with each other and why should Shiv Sainiks accept Sharad Pawar as their leader…their leader can and only be (late Sena founder) Bal Thackeray.”
Responding to which, Mr Athawale told, “I was with him (Pawar) that time in 1998 when the Congress removed him from the party. The Congress stabbed him on his back with the dagger.”
Commenting on the verbal duel between Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and BJP leader Chandrakant Patil, he said, “Raut is a leader of the ruling Shiv Sena, an MP and also a spokesman. He should not waste time in making such allegations.”
In a warning to Mr Patil, Mr Raut has said that he will file a Rs 1.25 defamation suit against the Maharashtra BJP chief.
“Patil has asked Raut to increase the suit amount. Definitely Raut is worth more than Rs. 1.25,” Mr Athawale lamented.