NCP slams Devendra Fadnavis over Lokayukta probe against minister

The chief minister has played a clever game

The opposition NCP on Saturday said the decision of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to refer to the Lokayukta the allegation against his cabinet colleague Prakash Mehta was “clever game” to save himself from any possible fallout. Fadnavis on Friday night announced a Lokayukta probe into into the opposition allegation that there had been serious impropriety in clearing a slum-redevelopment project in the city by Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, a BJP member in the cabinet.

“The chief minister has played a clever game. On the one hand he has saved his own skin against the fallout of the probe against the housing minister. This is also an attempt to show people that he will not let any allegation pass of without an inquiry,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said. Malik said according to the Maharashtra Lokayukta Act, the chief minister does not come under the purview of Lokayukta.

“When the housing minister himself said that he had apprised the CM of his decision to sign on the file (relating to the slum development under question), it is obvious that the CM would be made to answer some difficult questions.

Since the Lokayukta will not probe that angle, there will no questions raised against Fadnavis,” he said. He said that was why the opposition parties sought a probe into the allegations against Mehta and industries minister Subhash Desai (of Shiv Sena) by a sitting judge of the high court.

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