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Pawar should step down, demands BJP

Source: PTI
June 04, 2010 17:35 IST
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The BJP on Friday accused Union Minister Sharad Pawar of misleading the nation by "misrepresenting facts" about an IPL bid and demanded that he immediately resign or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh take "stern action" against him.

The main opposition party also demanded Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the IPL affairs.

"Pawar has misled the nation.... Pawar has misrepresented facts in IPL," BJP spokesman Ravi Shanker Prasad told reporters.

The BJP attack came as Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule, Member of Parliament, faced allegations that they were stakeholders in a company that made a failed IPL bid for the Pune team.

"We demand immediate resignation of Pawar," Prasad said, adding, "If Pawar does not resign, we demand that the Prime Minister should take stern action against him."

The BJP leader said Singh should not merely speak about "good governance, probity and fairness" but actually implement these benchmarks.

Prasad said the BJP had already been complaining about Pawar's efforts to "mislead" the country on foodgrains issue.

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