The state of affairs in Maharashtra doesn’t warrant President’s rule, deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar stated on Friday.
The report submitted by chief secretary Sitaram Kunte on the telephone tapping by IPS officer Rashmi Shukla as a part of a probe into alleged corruption in police transfers was very clear and presents all of the information, he stated.
“(BJP leader) Sudhir Mungantiwar and the opposition have been insisting on President’s rule in the state. But there is no such situation in the state,” Mr Pawar stated.
The ruling MVA coalition has the assist of 165 MLAs and thus enjoys majority within the Assembly, he stated.
BJP leaders have demanded President’s rule within the aftermath of the arrest of police officer Sachin Waze in reference to the restoration of explosive-laden automobile close to industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s home and IPS officer Param Bir Singh’s corruption allegations towards state residence minister Anil Deshmukh.
On Mr Kunte’s report on telephone tapping, Mr Pawar stated he’s an upright and meritorious officer.
“He has submitted a report which is very clear and by reading it one can understand the facts,” Mr Pawar stated.
The transfers (allegedly facilitated by bribery) referred to in Mr Shukla’s letter to the then state DGP by no means happened, the deputy chief minister identified.
On the loss of life of ten sufferers at a COVID-19 hospital in Bhandup, Mumbai, Mr Pawar stated he had instructed officers to make sure such incidents don’t happen once more.
“We have already allocated funds to carry out fire safety audits of government hospitals,” he stated.
On Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s assertion that NCP chief Sharad Pawar ought to lead the UPA alliance, Ajit Pawar stated he doesn’t communicate on nationwide points.
“I can only speak on the issues which are state-related. I came back from the Centre in 1991 (when he was MP for a brief period) so my connections there are limited,” Mr Pawar added.