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Oct 01, 2012 at 12:47pm IST

Ajit Pawar takes a dig at Chavan, says he will emerge from crisis unscathed

Mumbai: In a veiled attack on Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said that he was more concerned about his work than his image. "I am not concerned about my image. I am concerned about doing work for the people. Some people are only concerned about their image," he said in a veiled reference to the CM, who is quite popular for his clean track record.

Reacting to accusations that he had cleared 32 projects in just three months leading up to the 2009 elections, Pawar said that he did not like to keep work pending. "I do not like to keep work pending. I try and ensure that the work is done and projects are finished," he said. NCP leaders have often accused CM Chavan of taking a lot of time to clear files. The statement by Pawar may well have been another veiled attack on the CM.

Pawar was forced to resign from the post of the deputy CM of Maharashtra after his name surfaced in the alleged multi-crore irrigation scam in the state. Pawar, however, sounded optimistic. He said, "(NCP chief and Ajit's uncle) Sharad Pawar had emerged unscathed despite allegations of his involvement in the ENRON case or having connections with Dawood. We will come out of this too."