Serious allegations against two departments headed by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan have given his detractors within the Congress much-needed arsenal.
In the first instance, an affidavit filed by the law and judiciary department led by him, which states that the government is not bound by the governor’s directives on removal of funds backlog of backward regions, created a furore in the budget session of the state legislature as leaders from these regions.
Enraged Congressmen joined hands with the Opposition in forcing Chavan to retract the stand. Governor K Sankaranarayanan also pulled up the CM.
BJP’s Ashish Shelar then rocked Chavan’s boat on Friday by alleging in the legislative council that the CM had favoured the builders’ lobby by de-reserving more than 664.70 acres of land and had increased FSI in townships in the past year.
Chavan heads the urban development department that deals with such matters. He is expected to reply to the allegations on Monday.
The Chavan baiters, state Congress president Manikrao Thakre and party’s state affairs in-charge, Mohan Prakash have now complained to the party high command that the CM’s gaffe would cost the party dearly in the 2014 polls, and have questioned Chavan’s now-famous anti-NCP posturing.