Outgoing Chief Minister Ashok Chavan accepted his ouster gracefully, but was equally vociferous in demanding a probe into the entire Adarsh society scam.
An in-depth investigation would mean probing the role of Chavan’s predecessors – Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Narayan Rane. Interestingly, all three are in the running to take up the top job in the state.
Names of Deshmukh, Rane and Shinde have cropped up at several stages of clearances awarded to Adarsh society.
“I or my government did no wrong (in the Adarsh case). Decisions taken by me, my government and my predecessors should also be probed. I will come out clean and everything else will come out in open,” said Chavan on Tuesday.
“I offered to quit and party president Sonia Gandhi accepted my resignation pending an enquiry. I accept her directive as I am a sincere Congress worker, who believes in the party’s moral values,” added Chavan while addressing the media from his official residence.
Chavan handed over his resignation to Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Tuesday morning. “I still enjoy the confidence of my party high command,” said Chavan as he caustically congratulated the media and thanked them for their ‘cooperation’.