CM rejects allegations levelled against him by SEC
Mumbai, Apr 13 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Desmukh has said that allegations levelled against him by State Election Commissioner (SEC) Nandlal yesterday were out of ''animosity'' and ''malice''.
In a statement here, Mr Deshmukh said it was inappropriate for Mr Nandlal to level such allegations after being under Constitutional protection to the present post of SEC held by him. ''It would have been better if he had made the charges when he was Principal Secretary (Forests) as the case he was referring to dates back to the time when he was in the IAS service in Maharashtra government'', he felt.
Nandlal had yesterday charged that he was unceremoninously transferred from the Forest department four years ago by Mr Deshmukh after he had unearthed forest land worth Rs 1000 crore from the clutches of builders and political leaders.
He had also alleged that Mr Deshmukh had deliberately held back the file where the then Chief Secretary had recommended that he be given permission to persue cases of defamation against six MLAs under whose request he was transferred.
The Chief Minister has categorically stated that he had nothing to do with the breach of privilege motion against Nandlal. ''The motion has been accepted as per Legislative rules and there is no question of me trying to influence the Legislature into accepting the motion.,'' he added.
Referring to the charge of pressurising Nandlal to change the reservation of Latur Assembly constituency, Mr Deshmukh said the suggestion was made by Balasaheb Thorat who is Agriculture Minister and Associate member of the Delimitation commission. ''Every member has right to make suggestions and that did not mean he was trying to pressurise Nandlal who is a member of the commission'', Mr Deshmukh explained.
He said the charge of Nandlal that the Government was not co-operating with him in filling up of vacant posts, was ''incorrect'' adding the government has provided the allocated funds for the state Election commission.
'' He told the government that he needed 72 more staff while he tells the media that there is requirement of 83 staffers. He had informed the government that he had nearly 90 per cent of the staff in his office.'' he said.
The Chief Minister also rejected Nandlal's charge that the election of standing committee in Nashik Municipal Corporation was put off illegally as well as that of the standing committee of Ulhasnagar Municipal corporation.
Mr Deshmukh said the decision was taken due to natural calamities in the concerned areas as official machinery was busy in rescue and relief operations. He said the state government had requested the SEC to postpone the gram panchayat elections near Dombivali in Thane district and 24 municipal councils recently due to the same reasons.
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