For a breed that isn’t perceived to be very particular about facts, the Indian politician is very exact about some things.
It is this exactitude that has come back to bite the Pawar family.
When asked about the family’s involvement in any of the consortia that bid for teams in the Indian Premier League, both Sharad Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule replied in the negative.
Which is true. It wouldn’t have hurt to mention that the CEO of a company in which the family has a significant stake had bid for a team, in his individual capacity.
The first political casualty of IPL, Shashi Tharoor, too, made a similar mistake. Perhaps in the interests of exactitude he mentioned that he had nothing to do with the consortia that won the rights for the Kochi team, and chose not to add that his friend had a stake in the same consortia.
Both denials were correct, but not right.