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Chavan succumbs to Cong-NCP pressure

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Posted: December 21, 2013 1:32 am

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is learnt to have buckled under the combined pressure of senior Congress and NCP leaders who prevailed upon him to reject the report.

Asked about the state government’s decision to reject the report despite its damning contents,Chavan said,“I leave it to individuals to draw their own conclusions on the report.”

A senior cabinet minister close to Chavan said,“It is unfortunate for both the Congress and the NCP. If we had kept the report under wraps,it would have been easier to dismiss the charges of wrongdoing in the Adarsh project.”

The government’s decision to reject the report is likely to dent the CM’s image ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Maharashtra. The state Congress which had planned to project Chavan’s “clean” image is now worried.

Chavan never wanted to compromise on Adarsh,the CM’s close aide said. “In the budget session in March 2013,he had to withhold the report following pressure from the AICC. They did not want Adarsh report to disrupt the functioning in Parliament when crucial Food Security Bill was being debated. They were also worried about fate of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.”

The Congress is worried that the Adarsh report will provide adequate ammunition to the opposition to attack Shinde. The commission has made serious charge against him of showing undue favours and haste in promoting the project.

The report also comes as a major setback to former chief minister Ashok Chavan who for the last 48 hours was trying to reassert his political might in the Congress.

The governor’s decision to deny permission to CBI to prosecute Ashok Chavan had revived his hopes of taking the centre stage in party politics.

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