NCP questions Maharashtra minister Girish Bapat's Japan tour

The opposition NCP today questioned the propriety of sending Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Girish Bapat on a study tour to Japan, and also asked why his son was accompanying him.

Bapat is on ten-day tour of Japan organized by the state Urban Development Ministry.

"The government needs to explain the propriety of sending a minister not related to the department on foreign tour," NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said here.

"It will also have to explain why the minister's son is accompanying him on this official tour," Malik said, stating that on this tour, sponsored by the Japanese funding agency JAICA, Bapat's son Gaurav and his PRO Sunil Mane are accompanying him.

"The government will have to explain Gaurav Bapat and Sunil Mane's exact role on the tour,"

Malik said. Pune Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar and CEO of Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority Mahesh Zagde are accompanying Bapat, along with other officials.

JAICA has granted a loan of Rs 1,000 crore to a river development project in Pune. Similar short and long-term loans are being sought by the corporation for water supply schemes.

It is expected to enter into agreements with JAICA during the current tour.

A BJP source justified Bapat's inclusion saying he was the guardian minister of Pune district.

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