Industries minister Narayan Rane hit back at the opposition in the legislative council on Monday referring to allegations made by them related to the yet to be tabled report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which puts top Maharashtra politicians including Rane in the dock over land allotments made to them at concessional rates.
Rane revealed that many leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got government land at concessional rates, including leader of the Opposition Eknath Khadse, senior BJP MLA Devendra Phadnavis, who brought out the CAG issue, and former Opposition leader in the council Pandurang Phundkar. “I have a whole list of BJP leaders who have got land in concession. Should we say that they are corrupt?” Rane asked.
He was reacting to Sena legislator Ramdas Kadam, who raised the CAG issue asking the government when the official report will be tabled. “ The report has raised the issue of corruption by ministers. Will the government table the report in time, so that we get to discuss it?” Kadam asked. Opposition leader Vinod Tawde alleged that the government was deliberately buying time to delay the report.
Rane took objection to the word ‘corrupt’ being used by the Opposition. “Who said we do not want to discuss the issues that will be raised in the CAG? It will be tabled by the government on April 16. But why is the Opposition making allegations on the basis of a leaked report, the genuineness of which has not yet been ascertained. How can you use the word corrupt on the basis of media reports?” Rane asked.
BJP legislator Devendra Phadnavis said Rane’s allegations were false. “I have not taken any land from the government. And in case he is referring to a land related to Bhosala military school, I became a board member after the procedure was over,” Phadnavis said.