Desai offers to quit, Fadnavis says no

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

He belongs to the BJP.

After Opposition levelled allegations against Industries Minister Subhash Desai about irregularities in denotifying the MIDC lands, minister today tendered his resignation to CM.

Maharashtra industries minister Subhash Desai met Devendra Fadnavis this morning and offered to resign but the chief minister refused to accept it. Opposition said that this was a Rs 20,000 crore scam and Fadnavis should sack Desai for misusing his post. But the CM said that the High Court does not allow sitting judges to do an inquiry.

Desai said he has chose to co-operate with whatever inquiry is instituted and accept its result. "They are not ashamed of their own deeds", he said.

"It is risky that they (the opposition parties) are not ashamed of what they have done (in the past)". Shiv Sena had denied the allegations against Desai as baseless. Mehta had earlier said that he would abide by whatever the Chief Minister says. We hope the truth comes out soon.

Amidst all this resignation drama, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray backed his senior party member Subhash Desai. Fadnavis's decision to not accept Mr. Desai's resignation expectedly didn't go down well with the Opposition. Leader of the opposition in the council, Dhananjay Munde said that these charges were a blot on the clean image of the government and that the people still looked at him as a CM with a clean image.

"The ministers accused of corruption have no moral right to keep occupying their chairs". And we both felt there is no need of resignation as independent inquiry is happening in this issue.

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said Fadnavis has proved he is a "political opportunist" and has no firm stand against corruption. NCP's Nawab Mailk said, "CM should have accepted his resignation like he did in Khadse's case".

Khadse, a BJP leader, had past year resigned after facing allegations of committing impropriety in a land deal in Pune. "This government has denotified only 7,734 hectares of land", he said, according to PTI.

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