Irrigation scam: State BJP chief to make submissions before Chitale panel

Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis is going to make a presentation before the Madhav Chitale panel on alleged financial irregularities in multi-crore irrigation projects.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: March 14, 2014 12:04 pm

Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis is going to make a presentation before the Madhav Chitale panel on alleged financial irregularities in multi-crore irrigation projects.

Fadnavis has written to Chitale asking for a date to allow the Opposition to depose with documents related to alleged irrigation scam.

Fadnavis indicated he wanted to point out critical issues related to cost escalation and alleged ad hoc decisions to clear irrigation projects guided by political compulsions rather than ground realities.

“Our chief concern is to seek action against those responsible for wrongdoing in the irrigation sector. It is a battle we have been fighting for last few years,” he said.

Following advice from advocate general Darius Khambata and pressure from the Opposition,Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan recently gave directions to the Chitale panel to allow Opposition leaders and individuals to make submissions on irrigation projects. However,the CM refused to make any constitutional amendments in the structure of the four-member panel,which is expected to give its report in December.

Earlier,the advocate general had promised the Bombay High Court to allow Chitale panel to allow submissions on irrigation documents.

Fadnavis said the Opposition leader in the state Assembly,Eknath Khadse,and his counterpart in the Council Vinod Tawde would assist him in making a presentation before the panel.

Earlier,the state BJP chief had written a series of letters to Chitale and state Governor K Sankaranarayanan,urging them to intervene and allow deposition by Opposition leaders and individuals.

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