Former CM has notched up impressive victories, even as others around him have fallen; among party’s best bets now
Law department too finds no irregularity in the transactions.
CM Fadnavis alleged a “nexus” between Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan and the Shiv Sena, and said, “The presence of people (at the rally) is a testimony to which way the winds are blowing.”
Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil questioned the transfer of the flats and said the matter was now being examined at “Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s level”.
The multi-cornered elections in the 81-seat Nanded civic body would be a litmus test for the BJP too, with the party winning only two seats and finishing fifth in the 2012 elections.
“Yes, I will campaign in Nanded Municipal Corporation polls. But since we have just formed the new party, we will not field any candidate,” Rane said.
A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice S S Jadhav was hearing a petition filed by Chavan challenging a decision of Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidya-sagar Rao granting sanction to the CBI to prosecute him in the case.
“Whatever reasons he gave are devoid of facts. I wish him luck for his future assignments. I will put forth the facts in due course,” Ashoak Chavn told reporters.
For quite some time there is speculation in political circles that Narayan Rane may join the ruling BJP.
Commenting on the development, Chavan said, “In the party there are some “dal badlus” or turn coats. These five corporators who left Congress to join BJP belong to that category. Their going to BJP does not make any difference to the Congress.”
“The petitioner (Chavan) will have to delete the Governor’s name as respondent. The state government will have to be impleaded as respondent,” Bombay High Court said
In February last year, Rao had allowed the CBI to prosecute Chavan for offences under IPC sections 120 (b)(criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) and various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Ashok Chavan also criticised the Maharashtra government for increasing the stamp duty and for having only two cities from the state under the UDAN project.
Chavan, a former chief minister, also questioned the government’s “intention” behind first lifting stocking limits and then imposing them again, when the prices had similarly spiralled in 2015.
Former Maharashta Chief Minister launched an attack on RSS and BJP during media interaction in Mumbai.