Pawar should resign immediately: BJP

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New Delhi, June 4 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday accused former BCCI President and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar of misrepresenting facts on IPL bidding and demanded that he should resign immediately.

Addressing mediapersons here, Party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "Sharad Pawar has mismanaged the food inflation as well as the cricket too, and he should step down from the post.

He said that City Corporation's MD had bid for the IPL Pune team, was a false claim by Pawar, and added that he should answer that why he mislead the country by giving wrong information.

He further demanded for probe in the IPL Pune's bidding process.

A newspaper report on Friday said Pawar family owned 16 per cent stake in City Corporation, a Pune company that the report claimed had bid for an IPL team in March this year.

Earlier, Pawar dismissed reports of his family's involvement in the bid for IPL franchisees.

He rubbished a newspaper report linking his family to the IPL bid.

Talking to reporters here, Pawar said: "Neither I nor my family is involved with any IPL team or with the bidding process."

"Whatever has been reported in the newspaper today was reported two months back also. At that time also I explained my position, which remains the same now. Neither me nor my family has direct or indirect involvement in any IPL team or in the bidding process," he added.

He also reiterated that the IPL is clean and that there is nothing murky about the ownership patterns and financial transactions in the league.

"The government agencies are inquiring and anyone who has done anything wrong, will be punished," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Friday, June 4, 2010, 16:42 [IST]
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