Remove Deshmukh from Cabinet: BJP

Deshmukh has no moral authority to continue in office

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 6, 2012 1:19 am

Training its guns on Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh,the BJP on Thursday said he had lost moral right to continue in office in the wake of adverse references against him in a yet to be tabled CAG report as well as stinging observations by the Supreme Court in connection with improper land allotment in Mumbai in 2004 when he was chief minister of Maharashtra.

“Deshmukh has no moral authority to continue in office. He should step down immediately. If he does not,the PM should remove him,” BJP spokepsperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

On Wednesday’s SC order quashing allotment of land to Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods,Sitharaman said: “The SC observation is a sharply worded indictment regarding discretionary allotment done for a media baron. Therefore,Deshmukh has no moral right to continue in office.”

She,however,accepted that the comment regarding CAG indictment was based on media reports. “Yes,we are responding based on media reports leaking the CAG report. Even so,the SC observations are enough for him to step down,” she said.

Deshmukh said he would react after the CAG report is tabled in the state Assembly,but the BJP maintained that he should first resign and then clear his name.

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