Who is Anil Parab?

Written by Vishwas Waghmode
, Edited by Defined Desk | Mumbai |

April 8, 2021 3:01:07 pm

Days after the resignation of Anil Deshmukh as Residence Minister following a CBI inquiry directed by the Bombay Excessive Court docket into the corruption allegations levelled by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, one other minister of the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities, Anil Parab — Shiv Sena chief and Transport Minister — has been embroiled in an argument over corruption allegations levelled by the arrested Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze.

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Who’s Anil Parab?

Anil Parab, 56, is a three-term Shiv Sena legislator within the Maharashtra Legislative Council, the higher home of the state legislature. He was inducted into the state cupboard by the Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in December 2019. Parab, an advocate, is understood for his loyalty to the Thackerays. Other than his aggressive political model, he handles the authorized problems with the celebration and performs an important position within the civic elections for the celebration. He has been the Vibhag Pramukh (divisional head) since 2001 and is the one chief to be entrusted with two divisions, his space of operation thus stretching from Bandra to Andheri, an enormous swathe of the western suburbs.

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What are the allegations levelled by Waze?

Waze, within the letter he tried to submit to the NIA court docket on Wednesday, claimed that he was known as by Parab to his official bungalow in July-August 2020. Waze additional alleged that, at this assembly, Parab requested him to “provoke major talks” with a Mumbai belief in opposition to which a preliminary inquiry was on, and sought Rs 50 crore from the belief to shut the inquiry. Waze claimed that he expressed his lack of ability to intervene as he didn’t have management over the inquiry and didn’t know anybody from the belief.

Waze additional alleged that in January, Parab approached him asking to look into the inquiry in opposition to the fraudulent contractors listed within the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company and requested him to gather “a minimum of Rs 2 crore” from about 50 such contractors. Waze claimed that he had not discovered any incriminating materials whereas probing the BMC contractors’ record until his switch following the Ambani case in March.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray with Anil Parab in January 2020. (Categorical Picture: Ganesh Shirsekar, File)

Parab on controversy

Parab denied the allegations and said that he’s able to face any inquiry together with the narco take a look at however won’t resign as minister. He additionally alleged that it’s a conspiracy hatched by the BJP to defame him, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the federal government. “I deny each the allegations as these are false allegations. I swear within the identify of (late Shiv Sena founder) Balasaheb and my two daughters and wish to inform the individuals of the state that these allegations are false and it’s an try to defame me,” stated Parab whereas addressing the media individuals on Wednesday.

The minister additionally questioned the timing of Waze’s letter stating that it comes a day after the Bombay Excessive Court docket ordered a preliminary inquiry in opposition to former Residence Minister Deshmukh on the allegations of former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. “For the final 2-Three days, BJP leaders had been shouting that they are going to take the resignation of one other minister. BJP leaders most likely knew that Sachin Waze was speculated to submit the letter immediately and have used the central investigating companies for it,” he alleged.

He additionally claimed that it’s a technique of the BJP {that a} shut individual of the chief minister must be defamed to defame the chief minister and the federal government.

Why Anil Parab is so vital in Shiv Sena

Parab gained prominence in 2017 after the Shiv Sena and BJP broke the alliance and fought the Mumbai civic elections individually. Throughout the elections, Parab countered all of the assaults of the BJP together with its try to nook Sena over the allegations of corruption in BMC. Inside months, Parab was named because the celebration’s group chief within the legislative council by sidelining senior celebration leaders. Over time, Parab’s closeness with Matoshree elevated and he gained the arrogance of the celebration chief Uddhav Thackeray via enjoying vital roles for the celebration. He additionally performed a key position within the celebration’s election methods within the Lok Sabha and state meeting polls in 2019.

In December 2019, Thackeray sidelined the senior leaders and supplied the ministerial berth to Parab. Since then, Parab has emerged because the troubleshooter for the celebration and has been attacking the BJP over authorities issues on the recommendation of Thackeray. The celebration management consults Parab on all of the vital issues equivalent to housing, authorized, BMC and others of the federal government which can be of the curiosity of the celebration. Thackeray has deputed Parab on many events to counter the BJP on a number of points up to now one-and-a-half 12 months. Parab has been on the radar of the opposition celebration since his induction within the cupboard in 2019 on account of his loyalty to the Thackerays and the essential position he performs on vital issues of the federal government and the celebration. So, any assault on Parab is an oblique assault on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Sources stated that Thackeray is unlikely to take Parab’s resignation in wake of the allegations levelled by Waze. Parab will proceed to play his position, as regular, stated sources.

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