Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate for Baramati and former IPS officer Suresh Khopade in his complaint to Vadgaon police station on Thursday alleged that Pawar issued the threat of cutting off water supply during an election speech at village Masalwadi on April 16.

"If anybody from this village indulges in any trouble, I will cut off the water supply," he said in the footage after a villager reportedly insisted that he should announce a date to fix the water supply problem.

Sule is seeking a second term from her father's pocket borough Baramati.

Assistant Police Inspector Vilas Bhosale said that the police had received Khopade's complaint but no case has so far been registered so far.

He said the police and Election Commission officials would check the authenticity of the ‘poor quality’ video before taking appropriate action.

"Due process will be followed after preliminary investigations into the complaint," he said.

Khopade, he said, had filed the complaint with the election officials and not the police as the video was shot during electioneering and related to alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Bhosale said the concerned video had not been handed over to the police.

"Khopade made the complaint to the police belatedly on April 17 while the actual speech was purportedly made on April 16," he said.

The Model Code for elections prohibits campaigning 48 hours prior to the closing time for casting votes and Pawar could face the charge of violating the code as the video was purportedly shot just a day ahead of the polls on April 17.

Ajit Pawar and Supriya Sule could not be contacted for their comments.

(JPN/Agencies)

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