The Shiv Sena wasted no time is showing that their relations with the NCP were about to take a turn for the worse in the state of Maharashtra by attacking Sharad Pawar for coveting cricket and get himself tangled in the IPL – Lalit Modi mess.
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray made a direct attack on the ICC president-elect, Sharad Pawar, for getting greedy for power and dabbling in cricket to his own detriment.
Here is what the Saamna had to say of IPL’s latest scandal, “Pawar’s politics has always revolved around money and the power that comes from it. Nobody knows him better than I do. The money which bailed him out of many difficult situations has now put him in a tight spot and even if he applies oil on his body, he will not be able wriggle out of IPL scam.
“Pawar cannot escape (from the IPL bid row) as Congress has cornered him totally and the person behind it is Sonia Gandhi.
“The IPL scam has proved costly for him. I had told him many times to concentrate on agriculture (his portfolio) and not cricket. The same cricket has cornered him politically. His opponents in Congress are now capitalising on it.
“The detractors of Pawar in Congress are satisfied with the gunning for his blue-eyed boy Lalit Modi. They want to eliminate him from national and state level politics in Maharashtra. Pawar is a shrewd political strategist but his unnecessary dabbling with cricket has proved to be his Waterloo.”