Even as the Opposition booed away, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan told the Legislative Assembly on Monday that the state police had done an excellent job in ensuring public safety.
“I congratulate the police for doing good job,” Chavan said even as the Opposition created a ruckus and later staged a walkout.
Referring to the Pune blast, Chavan said that the nearby Chabad House was the terrorists’ actual target. “But the terrorists attacked the neighbouring German Bakery,” Chavan said.
He said that modernising the police force was showing results.
“The police are managing intelligence inputs very professionally.”
He was replying to a debate on the governor’s address to the State Legislature.
During his reply, Chavan reiterated the state’s resolve to make Mumbai a world-class city. “We have taken up projects worth over Rs 50,000 crore,” the CM said.
Chavan assured the house that the state was financially strong despite a debt of Rs 2 lakh crore.
“The government hasn’t gone into overdraft and servicing the loan without any default.”
He also justified the makeover of the Bandra government colony saying it was need of the hour because the existing structures were old.
Chavan took the opportunity to make a veiled dig at divisive forces saying his government will continue to treat Marathis and non-Marathis equally.
“We’re here to help all those who are staying here [in the state] legally,” he said.
He dismissed allegations against him, especially regarding the allocation of land in Pune seven years ago.
“I took that decision under quasi judicial powers vested in me as the Revenue Minister. The decision can be challenged in court.”
Following opposition to grain-based alcohol units, the CM said the state not grant licenses for such industry anymore. “We will take a call on existing units soon,” he said.
The CM also accused the Opposition of stalling the government’s good efforts.