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New Delhi: Weeks ahead of polling, Maharashtra witnessed high political drama on Friday as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said he had dropped the plan of going to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Mumbai after officials said his presence was not required immediately.

The veteran leader reiterated that the developments in the case shows that opposition leaders were being targeted via probe agencies. Pawar and his nephew Ajit Pawar have been booked by the ED in connection with the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank scam to the tune of 25,000 crore. The ED had registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Sharad Pawar said top police officials met him earlier in the day and asked him not to go to the ED office “so that law and order remains under control". Pawar, who had earlier said he would “fully cooperate" with the investigating agencies, maintained on Friday that he did not play any role in the alleged scam.

The issue has gathered heat as allies NCP and Congress try to stitch together a narrative of “political vendetta" through the use of investigative agencies. The war of words shows that corruption is likely to be a key issue in the state polls. On Friday, Pawar also thanked Congress as well as Shiv Sena leaders for speaking in his support.

“Sharad Pawar Ji is the latest Opposition leader to be targeted by a vindictive Government. The timing of this action, a month before elections in Maharashtra, reeks of political opportunism," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter on Friday.

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