BJP demands SIT probe into irrigation scam

“Corruption and infighting between the two coalition partners — Congress and NCP — has affected decision-making process,bringing the state administration to a standstill,” BJP state unit president Sudhir Mungantiwar told reporters here.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Updated: April 17, 2014 6:11:59 pm

Maharashtra BJP on Thursday said administrative work in the government had come to a standstill as a result of internal bickering between the Congress and NCP and demanded a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the alleged irrigation scam.

“Corruption and infighting between the two coalition partners — Congress and NCP — has affected decision-making process,bringing the state administration to a standstill,” BJP state unit president Sudhir Mungantiwar told reporters here.

Mungantiwar demanded that the probe be under direct supervision of the High Court so that “real culprits” can be booked. “Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan should take people into confidence and outline terms of reference of the proposed white paper on state irrigation projects.

The inquiry should not only cover departmental officials but also the corrupt leaders. The white paper should not become a white lie,” the BJP leader said.

If the state government failed to bring out a proper white paper on the irrigation scams,BJP would intensify its agitation on the issue,he said.

Replying to a question,Mungantiwar defended senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde sharing the dais with city Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi during the recent Ganesh festival.

“Munde attended the felicitation function because he was invited. He had aggressively criticised Kalmadi in Parliament (for CWG scam). There is no need to interpret the incident in a different way,” he said.

Mungantiwar also announced a month-long campaign by the state BJP to mobilise people against “corrupt Congress government to save the nation”.

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