Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said he would be meeting anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare before he started his campaign for a strong Lokayukta.
“He [Hazare] has written to me and expressed his wish to meet me. It is likely to be about drafting and enacting of a Lokayukta bill. I will be meeting him soon,” said Chavan.
Hazare on Friday announced that he would be resuming his campaign with a state-wide tour that will begin from Shirdi on May 1.
Even leader of opposition Eknath Khadse said he and Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Devendra Fadnavis would be meeting Hazare on April 26 and then on May 1.
“At the outset, we support Anna on the issues he has taken up whether it is to do with corruption or with the demand for a Lokayukta. But we have a few doubts that we need to clarify,” said Khadse.
Meanwhile, wrapping up the budget session of 26 days, Chavan said the legislature had cleared 10 bills and 16 were pending for approvals.
When asked about the recently tabled Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, the chief minister defended the state’s policy of allotting land to educational institutes saying it was to ensure that all sections of society got access to education.
He, however admitted, “The policy could have led to certain irregularities.”
On the issue of the apex state cooperative bank, Chavan said, “For the first time in its history, the bank got a licence from the RBI as the administrators had disciplined it and improved its management.”