For the first time in his four-month tenure, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was seen in an aggressive mode on the Adarsh issue.
He ticked off the Opposition in the Legislative Council on Tuesday saying they were no one to lay moral yardsticks and should look at their own records.
He also defended Congress leaders especially former chief minister Ashok Chavan saying being named in a CBI probe did not necessarily make him guilty. “If that’s the case, even Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani have been named in CBI probes,” Chavan said.
Adarsh, the controversial 31-storey tower in Colaba, is in the red for violating coastal regulation zone norms and not abiding by the Environment Protection Act.
Leader of the Opposition in the council, Pandurang Phundkar, initiated the discussion. “It has been over three months that an inquiry was initiated and a committee was formed for a judicial probe, but it hasn’t picked up pace,” Phundkar alleged.
BJP MLC Vinod Tawde said the speech given by the CM in Nanded would impact the Adarsh inquiry. In his speech, Chavan had praised Ashok Chavan and said the Congress was with him.
Chavan said a judicial probe was underway and the state had taken necessary steps within law against officers and the CBI was looking at the other cases.
Taking on the Opposition politically, Chavan said, “My speech in Nanded was a Congress party rally and Ashok Chavan was present as an MLA there. I did say a few good things to boost the morale of the workers. No newspaper reports can change the mind of the CBI.”
As for action on the Adarsh issue, the CM said one could not indulge in ‘mob lynching’. “We may be going slow, but we can’t skip what the law says,” he said.