Will submit proof of chikki scam to ACB, says Congress
Responding to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ statement on the chikki scam that a probe would be ordered if the Opposition gives proof, the Congress on Monday said the party will submit evidence in the case to the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Tuesday.
Taking note of the media reports on the alleged Rs 206-crore scam in the 24 contracts allotted to NGOs and private firms for supply of eatables and other material to anganwadis in rural areas, the Congress demanded the resignation of women and child development minister Pankaja Munde. The party alleged violation of norms, claiming contracts were given without inviting tenders and contractors were favoured without looking at their eligibility.
The party has also demanded an open inquiry. “The CM is trying to cover up by saying a probe would be conducted if there is proof. What Fadnavis is asking for [the proof] is available in Mantralaya, but he wants to shield the minister. Munde should resign so an impartial probe can be conducted,” said Sachin Sawant, party spokesperson.
Sawant said after the submission, the documents will be made public.
Fadnavis had last week said that prima facie, there was no evidence of wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, the Congress will convene its legislature member meeting on Tuesday to chalk out a strategy for the monsoon session starting July 13. The party plans to take an aggressive stand to corner the BJP-led state government, which is facing charges of corruption and irregularities. The Congress’ state in-charge Mohan Prakash and state unit chief Ashok Chavan will address the party MLAs.
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- The statement added that evidence of cash receipts by the actress amounting to ₹5crore has also been recovered.
- According to media reports, some women from the hostel complained that people from outside and policemen were allowed to enter the facility on the pretext of a probe and some of them were forced to strip and dance.