Rahul Gandhi Effect: Maharashtra Govt takes U-turn on Adarsh scam rpt

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Mumbai, Jan 2: Days after Rahul Gandhi's statement on infamous report on Adarsh Housing scam in Mumbai, Maharashtra government on Thursday, Jan 2 took a U-turn. Unlike its previous statement, the state government claimed that it has accepted the investigation report partially.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, during a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday, said, "We revised the Adarsh society report and initially rejected it. We decided to review the entire Action Taken Report (ATR) again. There were 13 points of reference in the Adarsh report. We discussed them again and took different decisions."

"The first issue was who did the land belonged to, did it belong to state government or is it Defence Ministry's land, First two terms of reference were looked at in April 2013, remaining 11 terms of reference and finding of committee appointed were given to us last month," Chavan said.

"There was a re-think on the December 28 cabinet decision, we accepted 13 points from the Adarsh report, " the Chief Minister said, adding, "Cabinet has told the Centre that the Adarsh land belonged to the Maharashtra government."

There was a re-think on the December 28 cabinet decision, we accepted 13 points

Chavan further said, "Cabinet has decided that actions should be taken against the officials and politicians involved in the Adarsh scam."

NCP earlier on Monday had backed Rahul Gandhi's pitch for reconsideration of Maharashtra government's decision rejecting a judicial panel's report on Adarsh scam which had indicted some senior Congress leaders, including former chief ministers.

"We will support any decision to review the state cabinet's decision. The decision to reject the report was apparently taken in a haste....It was not proper to reject the commission's report. There is a need to review it," NCP MP and senior party leader Tariq Anwar said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had on Saturday indicated that the Maharashtra government would reconsider its decision to reject a judicial commission's report on Adarsh housing scam, a day after Rahul Gandhi ticked off the state government over the issue.

Disapproving of the Maharashtra government's decision to reject the report, Rahul Gandhi had said on Friday, "Personally, I don't agree with that decision. They (Maharashtra) should reconsider that".

The very next day when asked about the rejection of the Adarsh scam report by the Maharashtra Cabinet, Sonia Gandhi had said, "That has been decided....and I think it is going to be resolved."

Noting that the Congress high command has instructed its leaderhip in the state to review the decision, the NCP leader said that "it's a right decision (to review the report). The line taken by the Congress Vice President is very correct that it should be reconsidered."

Anwar also recalled that Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has already said that he will consult his cabinet colleagues on the matter. "A meeting of Maharasthra Cabinet is going to be held to take up the matter," he said.

Congress and NCP have an alliance government in Maharashtra which is headed by Congress' Chavan.

The report of the two-member commission headed by retired high court judge JA Patil has indicted several politicians including three former chief ministers for "blatant violations" of statutory provisions in the Adarsh housing project.

On December 20, the Maharashtra government had rejected the report.

OneIndia News
(With PTI inputs)

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