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Actor Sharad Ponkshe Not Related To NCP: Minister Jayant Patil

actor sharad ponkshe not related to ncp minister jayant patil

Mumbai, Jun 24 (PTI) A day after actor Sharad Ponkshe

shared the dais with NCP leaders at a press conference here,

the party's state unit chief Jayant Patil on Wednesday said

the former was not related to it and "will never be".

Ponkshe, also a writer, had played the lead in the

controversial Marathi play 'Mi Nathuram Godse Boltoy', based

on Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.

The state water resources minister said Gandhi's

assassination was the first "terror activity" in the country

and the ideology the defends the killing too "certainly is


The actor had attended a press conference organised at

the NCP's office here on Tuesday regarding the relief work

carried out by the party's welfare trust during the

coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Both Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Patil were

present at the press meet.

In a series of tweets, Patil said among others, the

trust had provided an assistance of over Rs 30 lakh to

backstage artistes during the lockdown period.

"Sharad Ponkshe had come to the party office along

with Marathi Natya Parishad (theatre body) president Prasad

Kambli and its office-bearers to express their gratitude for

this (the help).

Ponkshe is not related to the party in any way beyond

this and will never be," Patil tweeted.

The minister further said the NCP believes in the

Gandhian ideology.

It is a "victory" of Gandhi's ideology that "people

who defend his assassination have to thank those who are

Gandhians", he said in his tweet.

Meanwhile, state Housing Minister and NCP leader

Jitendra Awhad said it was "painful and unfortunate that

wicked" Ponkshe shared the dais of the party.

"But @Jayant_R_Patil promptly cleared the party's

position after the voices of progressive workers reached him,"

Awhad said on the micro-blogging site. PTI ENM


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