Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday got flak from supporters of former chief minister Ashok Chavan who asked why the party was not protecting their mentor.
A group of party MLAs raised the question at the meeting of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP), which was held on the first day of the legislature’s monsoon session.
Ashok Chavan loyalist legislators Sunil Kedar, Abdul Sattar, Ramprasad Bordikar and Vijay Wadetiwar sought to know why was there a delay by the government in filing an affidavit even as the judicial commission probing the Adarsh scam had ruled that the land belonged to the state government.
They also pointed out that the party leadership in the state remained silent even as the CBI filed a charge sheet against Chavan.
Chavan has been made an accused by the CBI in the Adarsh case.
“The government’s affidavit that it did not want the CBI to probe the case came too late,” said one of the legislators, who staged a walk-out. “The Nationalist Congress Party, however, has protected their ministers, Gulabrao Devkar [arrested in a housing scam in Jalgaon] and Sunil Tatkare [an accused in an irrigation scam].”
Three of Chavan loyalists —Kedar, Sattar and Bordikar — staged a walk-out. There are 12 MLAs in the disgruntled group.
The CM assured the CLP that a group of senior ministers will decide an action plan to bail out Chavan, and then seek the party high command’s approval for it.
Meanwhile, other Congress legislators pointed out that chief minister Chavan was not helping them resolve the issues in their constituencies ahead of the 2014 assembly polls.
The CM will start meeting Congress legislators and district party officials from this week to discuss their grievances.