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‘Bihar politicians are playing games against each other’

Union agriculture minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar spoke to Neerja Chowdhury on a host of issues ranging from the Marathi-North Indian divide which triggered off violence in Maharashtra to his party’s pre-poll parleys with the Congress. Pawar expressed his disappointment with Bihar’s politicians, defended the culture of tolerance of Mumbai and Maharashtra, criticized the BJP as “unpatriotic” for questioning the investigations that are being conducted into the actions of Hindu fundamentalists by the ATS, and gave a hint that he is under pressure from his party to contest for the 2009 Lok Sabha from a constituency other than Baramati.