- Amit Shah left people guessing over a purported meet with Sharad Pawar
- As per a report, Mr Pawar had met Amit Shah at an Ahmedabad farmhouse
- Sharad Pawar's NCP is a part of Maharashtra coalition government
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday left people guessing as he declined to confirm nor deny a purported secret meeting with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar in the midst of a crisis in the Maharashtra coalition government.
"Everything need not be made public," he said cryptically when asked about the supposed meeting on Saturday between the veteran Maharashtra politician in Ahmedabad.
Mr Pawar's NCP is a member of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in Maharashtra that has been rocked by sensational allegations of corruption against the state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh.
Mr Singh, ousted over increasingly murky revelations involving the security scare near billionaire Mukesh Ambani's home in Mumbai, accused the NCP leader of drafting cops to run an extortion racket worth Rs 100 crore a month as well as interfering in investigations.
According to local news outlets in Gujarat, Mr Pawar and his party colleague Praful Patel had met Amit Shah at a farmhouse in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
Mr Shah's denial, or lack thereof, of the meeting comes as the BJP maintains steady pressure on the
Maharashtra government of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP over the Ambani case and the allegations against Mr Deshmukh.
The reports of the meeting also come at a time when the Shiv Sena's mouthpiece Saamana severely criticised the government for its inability to counter allegations against the Home Minister and characterised its damage control plans as "inadequate".
Grappling with the charges, Mr Deshmukh told reporters on Sunday that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will order a judicial inquiry into the matter. "Maharashtra Chief Minister has decided that the allegations levelled against me by former Mumbai Police Commissioner will be probed by a retired high court judge," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.