Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar told PTI over the phone that Ajit, who is his nephew, had called him yesterday and sought permission to quit from the post. Ajit Pawar resigned as Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister following allegations of irregularities in clearing irrigation projects worth thousands of crores of rupees during his tenure as Water Resources Minister.
The Union Minister said Ajit told him that he was ready for a probe and confident of coming out clean in the alleged "irrigation scam" during his tenure as the state's Water Resources Minister. Reports had it that Ajit Pawar, who was Water Resources Minister between 1999 and 2009, had approved 38 projects worth Rs 20,000 crore in 2009 without clearance of Governing Council of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC).
The NCP supremo said Ajit felt it was improper for him to continue in office while allegations against him were being probed. "I will stand vindicated," Ajit reportedly told the senior Pawar. The Union Agriculture Minister is in Kolkata to attend a conference.