‘Not even storm in teacup’ — Shiv Sena downplays Sharad Pawar’s ‘immature’ remark for Parth

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his grand-nephew Parth Pawar

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Mumbai: The Shiv Sena, the newest ally of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has downplayed the friction within the Pawar family over a central agency probe into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. 

NCP chief Sharad Pawar had Tuesday rebuked his grand-nephew Parth Pawar, describing him as “immature” for demanding a CBI probe into the actor’s death. 

In an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana Friday, the Shiv Sena has said Parth should take his grand-uncle’s words as an advice or a blessing for a young budding politician. 

“Sharad Pawar’s one quote has stirred a storm. It is a storm if you call it one, or else it is nothing. It is not even a storm in a teacup, but there are elaborate discussions in the media,” the Shiv Sena said in the editorial. “News media competing 24 hours need some ‘mirchi masala’. So these people create such artificial arguments and storms to serve their purpose.” 

The party said those handling the reins of political outfits often have to say bitter things. It added that Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray has often pulled up people, and even leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, P.V. Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have often “fed the bitter gourd” to their own, which is healthy. 

“The mind will be less stressed if Sharad Pawar’s words are taken as a grandfather’s advice, which is a blessing,” the Sena said, adding Parth Pawar is new to politics and needs to work harder. 

Thirty-year-old Parth Pawar, son of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, had on July 27 met Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, an NCP leader, and demanded a CBI inquiry into Rajput’s death. 

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