The traders’ meeting to be addressed by me in Baramati was canceled at the last moment: Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (SP) chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said that he was to attend a program of the traders’ organization in Baramati, which was canceled at the last moment, news agency PTI reported.

Addressing a gathering he claimed that nothing like this had happened in the last 50 years.

“There were three meetings including a traders’ meeting in Baramati on Monday evening. The traders’ body told me that they have canceled the programme. I don’t know the reason but there was some kind of concern among them. Due to such concern, they did not cancel the programme. “Decided to do it,” he said, PTI reports.

Taking a dig at the developments, Pawar said he has seen instances when people were afraid to express their views, but this is the first time he is seeing a group afraid of hearing someone’s views, PTI reported. Are.

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (Sharadchandra Pawar) president Sharad Pawar on Monday condemned the Centre’s decision to notify the rules of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), saying the move just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections amounts to an attack. are equal. parliamentary democracy.

The Center announced the implementation of CAA 2019, a move that comes four years after the controversial law was passed by Parliament and paves the way for citizenship for undocumented non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. With this, the government will now start giving Indian nationality to persecuted non-Muslim immigrants from three countries.

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Pawar hit out at the Center over the CAA notification, which comes just ahead of the announcement of the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections to be held in April-May, PTI reported.

“Such a decision by the Election Commission of India (ECI) just days before the announcement of Lok Sabha elections is an attack on parliamentary democracy. We condemn it,” the former Union minister said, according to a PTI report.

Separately, the opposition NCP (SP) said the CAA decision was taken to divert people’s attention from the controversy over electoral bonds.

Sharad Pawar-led NCP national spokesperson Clyde Crasto claimed, “CAA notification is a ploy by the @BJP4India-led government to divert attention from the electoral bond issue.”

(With inputs from PTI)