Sonia backs Rahul,says state govt to revisit issue

Sonia Gandhi Saturday indicated that the Congress-NCP government in the state would revisit the issue.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 29, 2013 5:21:24 am

A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi publicly disapproved of the Maharashtra Cabinet’s decision to reject a judicial commission report on the Adarsh scam and said it should be reconsidered,party president Sonia Gandhi Saturday indicated that the Congress-NCP government in the state would revisit the issue.

“That has been decided yesterday and I think it is going to be resolved,” Sonia told reporters when asked about the issue. Incidentally,she had chosen not to react when Rahul had trashed the Union Cabinet’s decision to bring an ordinance on convicted MPs and MLAs three months ago — a decision that was approved by the Congress Core Group headed by her.

Talking to the media after a function at the AICC headquarters to mark the party’s foundation day,Sonia said,“I would ask the media to please look at other states led by other parties also,something about corruption,among their friends and particularly among some of their ministers. Look at us by all means and point out our mistakes but look at others also.”

Noting that the UPA government has already passed the Lokpal Bill and is committed to check corruption,she said,“I think the point has been missed of yesterday’s meeting. Yesterday’s meeting was on Lokayukta and inflation and the discussion during the meeting centred around how the Chief Ministers could act,what legislation and action they can take to fight corruption and inflation.”

‘No need for Chavan to resign’

Mumbai: Maharashtra Congress chief Manikrao Thakre Saturday came to the defence of CM Prithviraj Chavan over the Adarsh report issue,saying that there was no need for him to resign. “There is no question of Chief Minister resigning. The decision (to reject the report) had been taken after taking the cabinet into confidence,” Thakre said,but added that “we will abide by what Rahul Gandhi has said”. PTI

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