Sunday, April 3, 2011

Pawar granted many favours to Balwa: Uddhav

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray alleged that tainted D B Realty managing director Shahid Balwa was granted many favours by Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

"The relations between Vinod Goenka and Pawar are world known. Balwa's capacity to run the aviation services is due to Pawar. Balwa got his land deals, hotels and redevelopment project of Bandra government colony because of Pawar," he said.

"It is not a question of who travelled by Balwa's flight (Eon Aviation air services, a subsidiary of D B Realty) but the question is who travelled with Balwa," he said.

Pawar has consistently denied having any links with Balwa.

Thackeray lashed out at Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil for claiming that NCP leaders used the services of Balwa owned aviation company not without paying money.

"He has all the information on who travelled on Balwa's flight. But the same Home Minister was not aware of 26/11 terror attacks on the city which killed over 200 innocents."

Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly Eknath Khadse yesterday alleged in the House that Pawar had travelled with Balwa to Dubai.

Replying to Khadse's allegations, Patil had said that his party NCP had utilised the Eon Aviation services, for air travels of its leaders including Pawar but before Balwa's role in the 2G Spectrum scam came to light.

BJP leaders Gopinath Munde, Kirit Somaiya, Venkaiah Naidu used the company's services in 2009-10 and payments were made after Balwa's arrest on February 22, 2011, Patil claimed.

Uddhav Thackeray has used the company plane for his travels all over the state since 2009 but not a single penny has been paid, he had further claimed.


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