The Opposition is planning to take its battle against ‘tainted ministers’ in the BJP-Sena government to court, highly placed sources revealed to The Indian Express. “The response from the government on tainted ministers has not been very satisfying. We will file a PIL and force action against them,” a senior leader said.
The Opposition has demanded a probe against all such ministers under the Commission Of Inquiry Act. The failure of the government to accept the demand has seen disruptions in the Legislative Council over the past three days. In the Assembly, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has responded to the Congress-NCP, defending all his ministers.
The leaders under the Opposition’s attack include Women And Child Development minister Pankaja Munde, School Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Labour Minister Sambhaji Patil Nilengekar, Tourism minister Jaikumar Rawal, Tribal Welfare minister Vishnu Sawra and former minister Eknath Khadse. While Waikar, Sawra and Munde are facing charges of violation of norms, Rawal and Nilangekar are accused of wrongdoings related to district cooperative banks.
A senior NCP leader said, “We will move court against ministers who are facing serious charges and against whom we have documentary evidence.”
The BJP, meanwhile, appears unruffled.
A source in the ruling party said, “If the Opposition is so keen on investigations under the Commission Of Inquiry Act, why confine it only to six ministers? We will also demand similar inquiries in all corruption cases against Congress and NCP ministers in the past 15 years. We have documents and CAG reports to substantiate charges against opposition leaders like Ashok Chavan, Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare.”
Both opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Dhananjay Munde said that the chief minister cannot keep defending the wrongdoings of his ministers and that he should at least order a probe. They added that if any of the ministers are proved innocent, there would be no question of action.