NCP general secretary Munaf Hakim Friday resigned from the primary membership of the party claiming it to be "difficult" to defend its image after Sharad Pawar supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale fighter jet controversy. Pawar, who had made the comment while speaking to a television channel said that people "do not have doubts" over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intentions (in the Rafale deal). "I don't think people have doubts about Modi's intentions personally," Pawar had stated.
Hakim, a former chairman of the Maharashtra State Minorities Commission stated that he was following another colleague, Lok Sabha MP Tariq Anwar, by resigning. He further added that more NCP workers might follow suit. "Sharad Pawar has never supported fundamental forces. How can he say Narendra Modi is not guilty in the Rafale case in the minds of the public? A JPC probe has not yet been set up," Hakim stated.
"Tariq Anwar is one of the founder members of the party. He was not consulted while making an important stand of the party public (on Rafale). In such a case, it is difficult to defend the party's image after Pawar saheb supported Modi in the Rafale case," Hakim said. Anwar was the first person to resign in the wake of Pawar’s defense of the PM. He resigned from the party and the Parliament (Katihar Lok Sabha seat). Earlier, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik had said that media reports over Pawar's statement were "confusing and misleading," further stating that "he (Pawar) has not made any statement defending Modi nor has he given any clean chit (in the Rafale deal matter)." .
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