Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Eknath Khadse lambasted Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray in the state legislature on Tuesday.
He said he was being targeted because vested interests in the real estate sector were hurt by his routine exposes in the state assembly, and hence a conspiracy was hatched against him.
On the eve of the ongoing budget session, Thackeray had accused Khadse of settling matters with builders after exposing scams in the state assembly. He had also announced that his party legislators would not coordinate with the BJP-Sena. In the Maharashtra assembly, the BJP is the main opposition party.
Jitendra Avhad (NCP) had raised the issue in Zero Hour and demanded a clarification on the war of words between the BJP and MNS. He also sought a probe into Thackeray’s allegations. Khadse said that he too wanted the air to be cleared.
He said that he has exposed as many as 72 cases of scams and irregularities in the allotment of land in last four years, which led to losses for some big players in the industry.
“Some of the SRA schemes were cancelled, while in some cases the TDR and FSI were reconsidered. In some cases, the privilege given under 3-K (a rule under slum rehabilitation scheme) was cancelled. This led to losses for some big players in the real estate sector. They are behind the allegations levelled against me,” he said.
Khadse said that he was ready to face any inquiry against him.
“I demand that a committee comprising of members from the Congress, NCP and MNS be constituted to inquire into the allegations of ‘settlement’. It is a conspiracy to malign my image to discourage me from talking against the corruption,” he added.