The opposition will drag the Congress-NCP government to court for alleged discrimination in allocation of budget for development works.
Leader of opposition in the Assembly Eknath Khadse said,We have decided to knock at court doors. How can the government allocate Rs 10 crore to Congress-NCP MLAs and deny Sena,BJP,MNS and PWP members?
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan tried to douse the fire by promising Rs 2.5 crore each to MLAs of the four parties. But the admission of Congress-NCP members that a decision of AICC and MPCC officials to make special allocations to members of the ruling parties for constituency development ahead of the 2014 parliament and Assembly elections had his consent exposed CM.
A senior cabinet minister said: Chavan was aware of the decision to allocate additional funds for development works in constituencies of Congress and NCP MLAs. The decision was approved by cabinet,which mooted Rs 8,000-crore supplementary demands in the ongoing Assembly session.
In the winter session,the government will have to make more allocations notwithstanding resource constraints as projects worth Rs 10,000 crore in 144 assembly constituencies are under consideration.
NCP senior leaders said,It is unfortunate Chavan is trying to project that the entire budget allocation to members of Congress and NCP has been made by deputy chief minister and finance minister Ajit Pawar.
At a recent meeting,AICC secretary incharge of Maharashtra Mohan Prakash,MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre and Chavan took a unanimous decision to expedite development projects in constituencies of ruling members.
A senior MPCC official said,Chavan wanted to bring special development projects in the next session. However,others prevailed over him to make the provisions before an election year.