The verdict on why Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan shied away from tabling the Adarsh commission report before the state legislature is still not out.
What is clear though is that no one in the Opposition or the government, not even his party colleagues, are buying his reason that the report could not be tabled because state administration could not prepare the action taken report (ATR) on the commission’s report in the last three months.
Sources in the administration claim not tabling the report is a political decision, and the work on the ATR had been delayed as certain findings were unacceptable to the political establishment.
Some findings of the report, especially on terms of references such as fixing responsibility for the scam, charging public servants under Prevention of Corruption Act, on quid pro quo and benami transactions could be problematic for the government, and open a Pandora’s Box.
With nearly 21 bureaucrats having flats in the tower, and three chief ministers facing serious allegations, going slow is one way out.
The political speculation on Friday was however that Chavan did not get a go-ahead from the Congress top brass to avoid controversy before the monsoon session of Parliament.
Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is facing allegations of granting clearances to the society like allotting land and approving the applications of 51 society members during his tenure as chief minister. Shinde has refuted them before the commission. The camps of both former CMs — Ashok Chavan and late Vilasrao Deshmukh — claimed they were unhappy with the decision to delay the tabling of the report, which they said could have brought closure on the roles of their leaders.
As the Opposition got heated on the issue, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar washed his hands off, and admitted in the state assembly, “I made the assurance to the House only after the chief minister, who was sitting next to me, told me to say the report would be tabled in the ongoing session.’’
NCP sources said Pawar was in favour of the report being tabled, and was unhappy with the way Chavan kept everyone in the dark, refusing to clarify the matter.