In a clear sign of discord within the Congress party over the rejection of the Adarsh Commission’s report, Union Minister for Information and Technology Milind Deora tweeted on Tuesday night, “If the Adarsh report raises questions we should investigate (agnostic of party or bureaucracy), answer them and not be hush.”
Mr. Deora’s stand is significant since he is considered close to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had earlier said he had no choice but to reject the report given the unanimous decision to do so by the state cabinet.
The Maharashtra government’s rejection of the report has given the BJP ammunition to attack it over the issue of corruption
The report indicted four former Congress chief ministers including Sushilkumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil for political patronage to the controversial building. It also indicted two NCP cabinet ministers Sunil Tatkare and Rajesh Tope.
Mr. Deora had earlier tweeted against two government decisions. He had tweeted against the UPA government’s decision to bring in an ordinance on convicted law-makers which was later withdrawn after the Mr. Gandhi criticised it. In November he had targeted the Chief Minister on the Campa Cola demolition through twitter saying, “Maharashtra CM must clearly state his intent and ability (or legal inability) to help. Like residents I am growing increasingly wary.”