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February 10, 2012

More trouble for Kalmadi

elections & factions
More trouble for Kalmadi
Ajit Pawar eyes Pune
URESH Kalmadi’s problems seem to be never-ending. Barely had he managed coming out of jail that he was at the receiving end on his home turf Pune, where a political battle has ensued. Kalmadi is the Congress MP from Pune even though he was expelled by the party in the wake of the Commonwealth Games controversies. Having nurtured his constituency well, Kalmadi still has a good grip on the masses in Pune. But now he has to contend with Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar, who has thrown the gauntlet to him. So what if once Kalmadi was Sharad Pawar’s most trusted lieutenant? The Pune Municipal Corporation elections are approaching and Ajit Pawar wants to widen his base. Pawar roared in a rally at Pune recently without naming Kalmadi, “Pune is a cultured city..READMORE

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