After his party colleagues, now it is industries minister Narayan Rane’s turn to face the heat over the Adarsh scam.
The Shiv Sena-led Opposition demanded Rane’s resignation in the Legislative Assembly, on Tuesday, for expediting the Adarsh proposal in 1999.
Rane, now a Congressman, was chief minister in the Shiv Sena-BJP government then.
Rane’s role was disclosed on Monday when urban development deputy secretary JK Gharat told the Adarsh inquiry commission that Rane had endorsed the Adarsh society proposal.
According to Gharat, Rane expedited a letter from the Adarsh promoters on September 21, 1999, for allocation of the land, and forwarded it to the revenue ministry for further processing.
“The endorsement was made was in Marathi and it reads “Twarit ahwal dyava” (submit the report immediately). This endorsement is made and signed by Rane, the then chief minister on September 25, 1999,” Gharat told the Adarsh Commission on Monday.
Rane was chief minister till October 1999. His three successors, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan, are also under the scanner for their respective roles in the Adarsh scam.
The Sena led an attack against Rane. The minister broke away from the Sena five years ago. Sena group leader Subhash Desai demanded Rane’s resignation accusing him of being the real culprit in the case.
Rane was not present during the uproar and he did not comment later in the day.
Opposition members shouted slogans when speaker Dilip Walse-Patil did not allow discussion, saying the matter was sub judice. The Opposition then staged a walkout.