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There is no fear in taking on…’ says Mahua Moitra of Pawar’s meeting with Adani

On Thursday morning, Gautam Adani reportedly met with NCP head Sharad Pawar at the latter’s Silver Oak mansion in Mumbai.

Mahua Moitra, a Trinamool Congress MP, warned on Thursday that no politician should contact Gautam Adani, despite reports that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar saw the embattled entrepreneur at his Mumbai mansion. Mahua Moitra, who has been vocal about the Adani issue, alleged that the business tycoon attempted to reach her and a few others via “friends/wheeler-dealers” but “couldn’t find the door.”

The TMC MP stated that she has nothing to say to Adani one-on-one and that “no politician should engage” with him until the government acts. She also used a famous Hindi adage to bash Sharad Pawar for meeting Adani, stating she has “no fear in taking on the great Marathas.” We can only hope that they would have the wisdom to put country before personal ties, she continued. “My tweet doesn’t oppose opposition unity.” Instead, it is in everyone’s best interests.

Mahua Moitra tweeted a few hours after Adani allegedly met Pawar at Pawar’s Silver Oak house in south Mumbai, amid the Opposition’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) investigation into the Adani-Hindenburg issue. The meeting lasted nearly two hours, according to PTI, which relied on sources with knowledge of the matter.

Pawar’s stance on the Adani issue generated rumblings in the opposition ranks as they worked to unite ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election. In contrast to his close ally, Congress, Pawar stated his support for a Supreme Court committee rather than a JPC to investigate the Adani group’s claims. According to the NCP leader, the BJP will enjoy a parliamentary majority.

While the NCP president initially discounted the claims of fraud and stock manipulation against the Gautam Adani-led Adani Group, he later stated that for the sake of unity, his party will not oppose the demand for a joint parliamentary committee investigation.

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