Subhash Desai offers to resign, CM says no

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

"But Fadnavis refused to accept the resignation".

Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai on Saturday offered to resign after corruption allegations were levelled against him. I had word with CM over phone about the resignation. "This precedent of accepting resignations on the strength of just Opposition's allegations is not good for the state". Thackeray informed the media about the joint decision.Mehta, too, told HT, "I went to the chief minister with my resignation on Saturday morning, but he told me that it is not needed, and I should face the inquiry."READ: Fadnavis finally acts, orders probe against two of his ministers, IAS officerThe ministers have been under fire over allegations of graft and irregularities, with the Opposition hitting out at them during the monsoon session of the state legislature".

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray defended Desai, who belongs to his party.

"Desai told me that he wanted to stay away till the inquiry is over".

He said mere allegations should not warrant a resignation. While the Opposition insisted on resignations from both ministers, Fadnavis said there was no need for them to offer resignations.

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Turning the tables on the opposition, Thackeray said the Rs 60,000 crore irrigation scam, lottery scam, Adarsh scam and cooperative scam that took place during the Congress-NCP Democratic Front government should be thoroughly probed. This land was acquired for industrialisation. The Opposition alleged that the land was returned to builders for commercial exploitation.

While Desai faces charges of de-notifying the land belonging to Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation in Nashik to favour a builder, Mehta has been accused of preferring a builder for a slum development authority project in Mumbai. The minister had admitted to this irregularity. He also reiterated his demand of Maheta's and Desai's resignations.

He said Desai's resignation was a decision of Shiv Sena, but if accepted the CM would be forced to sack his own minister as well. "It shows how serious Shiv Sena and BJP are". "The same government has applied different parameters to Desai and Mehta and Eknath Khadse, who was sacked pending inquiry", said Sawant. He said there was no need for the resignation.

NCP's Opposition leader in legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said the government had a double standard. "How could they continue (as ministers) while facing a probe?" he asked.

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