Nawab sits with Ajit; not welcome in govt: Fadnavis

  • | Friday | 8th December, 2023

Nagpur: After the presence of NCP MLA Nawab Malik in the assembly created a flutter on Thursday with Malik sitting on the treasury benches and fuelling an exchange of words between the opposition and the ruling alliance, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis wrote to the other deputy CM Ajit Pawar that it would not be proper for the former minister to be part of the Mahayuti or the Shiv Sena-BJP-NCP grand alliance.On Thursday, Malik attended his first assembly session since the Supreme Court granted him medical bail in August this year. Accused in a money laundering case linked to Kurlas Goawala Compound, Malik had spent 1.6 years in custody.Though Malik hasnt made it clear which NCP faction he is with, his presence on the treasury benches hinted he may back Ajit Pawar. But his move got only a lukewarm response from the group.We also published the following articles recentlyNot proper to take him Nawab Malik in Mahayuti, Devendra Fadnavis tells Ajit PawarNCP MLA Nawab Maliks presence in the legislative assembly created controversy as he sat on the treasury benches, sparking an exchange of words between the opposition and ruling alliance. Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis expressed his opposition to Malik being part of the Shiv Sena-BJP-NCP grand alliance in a letter to Deputy CM Ajit Pawar. Fadnavis cited the nature of the corruption charges against Malik and referred to his alleged Dawood connection. The seating arrangements for MLAs from the two NCP factions have not yet been recognized by the Speaker.NCP MLA Nawab Maliks attendance sparks factional speculation during Maharashtra assembly winter sessionNCP MLA Nawab Malik attended the winter session in Nagpur, his first session after being released on medical bail by the Supreme Court in an ED case.After Fadnavis letter, Ajit grp says no political discussion with MalikFadnavis opposes inclusion of NCP MLA Nawab Malik in government due to money laundering charges; criticizes Uddhav Thackerays administration for retaining Malik as minister during arrest. NCP MP Sunil Tatkare clarifies that meeting with Malik was only about his health, no political discussion took place. Malik was arrested for money laundering linked to Dawood Ibrahims activities. Ajit Pawar previously criticized BJP for not taking another corrupt ex-minister, Anil Deshmukh. Factions within NCP not yet recognized, no separate seating arrangement for MLAs. Fadnavis questions why Malik was not removed as minister when accused of being a traitor; Malik determined to make his own decisions as an MLA.

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