The state Congress put up a united show by standing by its state unit chief Ashok Chavan, who is likely to face prosecution in the Adarsh case, on Tuesday. The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) passed a resolution to stand firmly by Chavan claiming he was being targeted by the BJP-led government out of vindictive politics.
Congress leaders alleged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was acting against their leaders out of frustration it was facing owing to its defeat in the recent elections across the country. They also announced to corner the BJP in the ensuing budget session, claiming the state government had failed on almost all the fronts.
The CLP was convened on the backdrop of the recent sanction given by governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to the CBI to prosecute Chavan in the Adarsh case. The party claimed the sanction was not tenable as it was turned down by the then governor K Sankarnarayanan in 2013, after seeking legal opinions. Though the party has 63 legislators, including 42 in the Lower House, not more than 25 of them attended the meeting at Vidhan Bhavan.
Senior party leaders Prithviraj Chavan, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Manikrao Thakre, Balasaheb Thorat and Sharad Ranpise condemned the action against Chavan. Prithviraj Chavan, though made an appeal to stand by Ashok Chavan, did not forget to give an earful to his party colleagues for losing the opportunity to corner the state government on various issues including shortage of pulses to chikki scam.
Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil later said, “The BJP-led state and central government is facing flak from the common people and it has been proved in various elections including assembly elections in Bihar, civic polls in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and by-polls in Jharkhand. The ruling party has started targeting Congress leaders to cover up its failure.”