My innocence will be proved in people’s court: Bhujbal


Milind Sajgure — MUMBAI: It is his fate to battle with difficulties during my journey whether it was Shiv Sena or Congress-Nationalist Congress Party, but the secret behind the graph of success was attitude to face them, said former deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal.

Bhujbal believes the judiciary will decide about the allegations levelled against him, and his innocence will be proved definitely in people’s court. Bhujbal said, “I spent fifty years of my life in serving the people. I have decided to spend the rest of life for this.”

He spoke on various topics when our correspondent met Bhujbal at Mumbai. The leader said, “It is in my nature to express views without any fear even if they differ from party’s ideology. Following differences with Shiv Sena leader Balasaheb Thackarey over support to recommendations by Mandal Commission, I quit Shiv Sena and chose to be join NCP chief Sharad Pawar.”

Adding further he said, “Even during alliance with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), I expressed my personal views on many topics. However, they were mostly related to people than personal views.” Bhujbal said he preferred to fight for the cause of people by sticking with the party. “I have no remorse that my party colleagues did not pay attention at me during my time in jail for two years.

I know that leader Sharad Pawar himself took conscious efforts for my release. Besides this he took care of my family. Praful Patel and Supriya Sule had met me and enquired me. There is no reason that party committed injustice against me,” the NCP leader said justifying allegations on not receiving support by his senior party leadership.

“About the allegations regarding Maharashtra Sadan, coal mines in foreign countries and corruption have been charged with a certain intention. I submitted my clarification about it during the party convention at Pune. There was an attempt to malign the image, but I had to pay price by serving in jail for two years. I have experienced people’s love during this period. I will never be able to repay the debt of the kindness shown by my followers,” he added.

Bhujbal strongly said that allegations implicated against him are false and defaming. “I will come out of it safely. I have belief on judiciary,” he said. “When I came to Nashik in an attempt to revive my political career, people here accepted and supported me. The residents of Yeola taluka elected me for three consecutive terms to state assembly.

People from Nandgaon elected my son Pankaj twice. My nephew Sameer had got the opportunity to represent Nashik Lok Sabha constituency. I was a guardian minister in Nashik for ten years. The list of development works which were done in this period is very long. I had taken conscious efforts to solve road, water and health related issues.

I want to mention the works like construction of flyover in Nashik, state-of-the-art airport at Ojhar and four-lanning of Mumbai-Agra highway,” Bhujbal said expressing his contribution to Nashik. “I always remain in favour that farmers from Nashik district and strive for them to get well deserved rates for their agriculture produce. Many things were under control when we were in power, but everything has been changed in last three-and-half years.

There is no taker for Nashik district today. You tell development work which was done during this period in Nashik city. Actually, it is impractical to see development from political vision because it is directly connected with people’s welfare,” the leader said. Fruthermore, he said, “Though a lot of time has been spent in jail, it is my objective to do something constructive for people during my remaining time rather than remorsing about the past.

It has been my policy to solve the problems with correspondence with the Chief Minister and concerned ministers of the state.  I have aimed to continue development works stalled for the last couple of years with the support of my followers. I am ready to pay any price for this. Connection with people is my strength and I will be committed for their development.”