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Shiv Sena chief demands probe against Maharashtra ministers accused of graft

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Friday demanded a probe into the allegations of corruption against some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers in Maharashtra’s ruling coalition.

Thackeray said in A statement that a probe must be immediately conducted to ascertain the genuineness of the allegations leveled against the ministers and if they are proved true, they must be investigated.

The Shiv Sena chief’s statement was published in the party mouthpiece Saamana on Friday and was part of a second interview in the ongoing three-part marathon annual interviews ahead of his birthday on July 27.

The concerned individuals — Women and Children Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde and Education Minister Vinod Tawde -have denied the allegations but Uddhav Thackeray has emphatically sought an independent probe into the allegations.

Thackeray, however, warned that it should not lead to a situation when somebody plays his political games and gets away with it.

“The impartial probe must unravel the truth or the lies, and if those leveling such allegations are proved wrong, then suitable action should be initiated against them,” he demanded.

In regard to the allegations faced by Pankaja Munde on ‘chikki’ scam, he said it must be probed to find out whether (she) had the authority to buy the chikkis without inviting tenders or she is being targeted by rival contractors lobby, and ascertain if the chikki supplied was of proper quality.

Other issues like the status of the Hindutva agenda, the Shiv Sena’s strong resolve to capture power next time on its own strength, allegations against some opposition leaders like NCP’s Ajit Pawar, relations between the two ruling allies (BJP-SS) and the issue of making farmers debt-free to prevent suicides were also touched upon by Thackeray.

Thackeray’s comments came in the backdrop of an ongoing agitation by the Opposition parties demanding action against the ministers facing corruption allegations during the monsoon session of the Maharashtra Legislature which is currently underway.

(With inputs from IANS)

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BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra & Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar as the new Deputy Chief Minister

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Chief Minister of Maharashtra taking oath
Hon Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of Chief Minister of Maharashtra to Shri Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy CM to Shri Ajit Pawar.

In a stunning political development, Maharashtra Governor B.S. Koshyari on Saturday morning administered the oath of office to Bharatiya Janata Party leader Devendra Fadnavis as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar as the new Deputy Chief Minister.

The two were sworn-in at a function in the Raj Bhavan held around 8 a.m. in the presence of a few BJP and NCP leaders, and other government officials.

Soon afterwards, Fadnavis said that the Governor would give them a letter instructing when to prove the new government’s majority on the floor of the Assembly.

He added that the cabinet would be expanded at a later date.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed his best wishes to Fadnavis for taking over as the CM for a second consecutive term, and to Pawar on his appointment as Dy.CM.

A letter was issued from Union Home Ministry simultaneously that said that President’s Rule was lifted from Maharashtra.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis
Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis taking oath.

Speaking to the media, Fadnavis said that after the elections, the Shiv Sena which had secured a clear majority in alliance with BJP rejected the public mandate and was engaged in forming the government with some other parties necessitating President’s Rule in Maharashtra.

Since it did not appear possible for those three parties to form a ‘khichdi’ (hotch-potch’) government and in order to provide a stable government to the state the decision was taken.

“Along with Ajit Pawar and support of others, we submitted a list to the Governor who discussed the issue with the centre to conclude that a viable government could be formed,” Fadnavis said.

Accordingly, after discussing with the Centre, the Governor invited Fadnavis and Pawar to form the government which was sworn-in.

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On his part, Ajit Pawar said that giving the state a stable government was the need of the hour which did not appear to be happening.

“I was tired of the continuous negotiations going on and so decided to go with Fadnavis and give a stable government to the state,” Pawar said. (IANS)