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Munde plans to target Ajit wife’s land records

The BJP leader is all set to approach Election Commission against Ajit Pawar for hiding his wife’s land ownership in his election affidavit.

Kiran Tare  Mumbai | 16th Nov 2013

Sunetra Pawar

enior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde is planning political revenge on Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party by exposing the latter's wife Sunetra's "dubious" land records. Pawar had not mentioned Sunetra's 2 lakh sq ft land in his election affidavit in 2009. Munde is all set to approach the Election Commission requesting it to debar Pawar from contesting any elections for six years for hiding this information. Munde is making his move almost four months after Pawar ensured that the BJP leader's nephew defected to the NCP.

A Pune-based activist Ravindra Barhate has obtained Sunetra's land records through the Right to Information Act (RTI). Munde, BJP's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, has collected this record from Barhate. "We will first put the record before the media and then approach the Election Commission at an appropriate time," a BJP leader told The Sunday Guardian. Interestingly, Munde himself is facing an EC enquiry for allegedly spending Rs 8 cr on his campaign in the last Lok Sabha elections when the permissible expenditure was Rs 25 lakh.

When contacted, Barhate confirmed a possible political development based on his RTI application. According to him, Sunetra Pawar had purchased two lakh sq ft of land in 2007 at Soos near Pune for a company called Fire Power Marketing Company Limited. She herself is one of the directors of this company. She sold the land in 2011. Pawar hid the information about the land transaction from the Election Commission in his nomination affidavit filed for the Assembly elections in September 2009. "When Pawar filed the affidavit, Sunetra owned the land. The property card showed that she was the land's sole owner. There is no mention of the company's ownership on the property card. Even if the company owned the land, Pawar should have mentioned it in his papers," Barhate said.

The NCP has adopted a "wait-and-watch" policy on this issue.

Sunetra calls herself a social entrepreneur and activist. She is the chairperson of the Baramati Hi-Tech Textile Park and is a trustee of an educational institute, Vidya Pratishthan.

The NCP has adopted a "wait-and-watch" policy on this issue.

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