BJP Says “2 More Maharashtra Ministers To Resign”

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Anil Deshmukh of the NCP has resigned from his post as Minister of the Interior. (Photo: Anil Deshmukh and Uddhav Thackeray)

Bombay:

Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said today that two more ministers of state are expected to resign in 15 days and that the state is “a suitable argument for the president’s power.”

His remarks came a day after cop Sachin Waze was suspended in a letter claiming that former Home Secretary Anil Deshmukh had asked him 2 crore rupees to continue his service in the Mumbai police and that a other minister Anil Parab had asked him to collect money from entrepreneurs.

Anil Deshmukh, a senior NCP leader, resigned his post as interior minister on Monday after the Bombay High Court ordered a CBI investigation into the corruption allegations brought against him by the former police commissioner of Mumbai, Param Bir Singh.

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Anil Parab, an executive at Shiv Sena, has denied the allegations.

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai today, Patil said that “what is in store for the future is common man’s guess.”

“Two ministers of state will have to resign in 15 days. Some people will go to court against these ministers and then have to resign,” Patil said without naming anyone or giving further details.

Chandrakant Patil said there was a possibility that the allegations against Transport Minister Anil Parab could also be clubbed with the investigation into the charges against Anil Deshmukh.

“Maharashtra is a good case for the president’s government,” the BJP leader said, adding that his party was not making the request.

He said from what is happening in the state, experts should explain what is needed to impose the president’s power.

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“If you want to blame the Center for everything, why not hand over state administration to the central government?” He asked.

Mr Patil alleged that Anil Deshmukh was a “hypocrite” because he had asked the Supreme Court to challenge Bombay HC’s order for a CBI investigation into the allegations against him.

“In the resignation letter, he (Deshmukh) says he is resigning to facilitate a free and fair investigation, and the next day he moves the Supreme Court against the investigation,” Patil said.

The BJP leader said the MVA government (comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) of Maharashtra defended Waze so aggressively during the state budget session that the assembly had to be adjourned nine times.

“Now you don’t trust him,” he added.

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Mr. Patil alleged that the MVA government was engaged in “organized crime”.

“If the evidence is published on paper, the provisions of the Maharashtra Organized Crime Control Act (MCOCA) will have to be invoked,” he said.

Speaking to reporters in Nagpur, BJP chief executive Devendra Fadnavis said the claims made by Waze in his letter were serious and there was a need to deliberate on them.

“The things that come and go are not good for the reputation of Maharashtra and the state police.

The CBI or any other competent authority should investigate the contents of the letter and bring out the truth, ”said the former chief minister.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by The Bharat Express News staff and is posted Platforms.)

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