The Opposition will take up the Adarsh housing society scam in the winter session of the Maharashtra Assembly and demand action against all those involved, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray told journalists here on Saturday. The session is slated to begin on December 1.
“We cannot let go of Adarsh. Only Ashok Chavan [the former Chief Minister] was removed in connection with it. In the aftermath of 26/11 [November 26, 2008 terror attacks here], Shivraj Patil, Vilasrao Deshmukh and R.R. Patil had to go, but they are back as Governor, Union Minister and State Home Minister respectively. Will Mr. Ashok Chavan be rehabilitated in similar fashion? What action will be taken against the other Ministers and officials involved? This issue will be raised in the winter session.” Mr. Thackeray was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
When asked about the Cabinet expansion, Mr. Thackeray criticised the inclusion of “old faces.” If the same people had to be brought in, what was the need to remove Mr. Ashok Chavan?
To a question on State Industries Minister and a former Sena leader Narayan Rane, Mr. Thackeray said “some faces are the same” only with a few cosmetic changes.
The Sena leader, who arrived at the State guest house with son Aditya and party leaders, met Mr. Prithviraj Chavan for half-an-hour. He asked for financial aid of Rs. 10,000 per acre for farmers in the State in case the crop is damaged due to unseasonal rain.
“The rains still continue. I spoke to the Chief Minister about the situation. On behalf of the Sena, I requested him to extend aid to farmers like it's done during drought situations,” Mr. Thackeray said.
He also urged that immediate steps be taken to contain the outbreak of leptospirosis, which has claimed many lives and affected people in the coastal parts of Maharashtra.
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar also met Mr. Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday.