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Thackeray flays Pawar over Balwa links
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray says he is NCP chief Sharad Pawar's "oldest friend".
Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Saturday said he is Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar's "oldest friend" but an "enemy" of his "opportunistic" politics.
"We have always been Pawar's well wishers. We felt Pawar should take care of his health and not lose whatever little credibility he has while indulging in politics of money. Had he heeded our advice, he would not be facing a slide for his links with Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka in the 2G spectrum scam," Thackeray said.
"Pawar is trying to fool people by saying allegations of corruption don't affect him. It will be better if he introspects as to why Balwa and Goenka are linked with him and not with other leaders," Thackeray said in an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
Thackeray's comments came a day after his son and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray criticised Pawar after the NCP leader called him a "kid".
"I do not get to meet my senior friend (Bal Thackeray) nowadays and I would not discuss such issues with kids (Uddhav)," Pawar had said when asked by reporters why he had not spoken to Sena on the agitation over Jaitapur nuclear power project, spearheaded by Uddhav.
"Pawar says he does not speak to kids. He should let us know with which great personality he speaks. Does he consider (nephew and deputy chief minister) Ajit Pawar as Pandit Nehru? Or does he speak to Obama, Putin or Sarkozy," the editorial said.
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