Dams scandal: Ajit Pawar quits as Dy CM Maharashtra
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The resignation, according to sources close to Ajit Pawar, is aimed not only at neutralising his detractors within the party, specifically Chhagan Bhujbal, but also to exert pressure on the state Congress to act against its own ministers accused of corruption, such as Gulabrao Deokar and Rajendra Darda. NCP leaders including Praful Patel, however, said the party did not wish to destabilise the alliance government and would not pull out.
Without naming the Congress or other political parties, Ajit Pawar said some political powers were hurt to see the NCP's progress in the recent local bodies elections and its growth in the state.
In his letter to the CM, Pawar has recommended the name of Minister for Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope for the power portfolio and Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil for the finance and planning department.
"There are limitations to allocating funds for incomplete irrigation projects. Since work on many projects is going on for the last 20 years, obviously the cost of these projects goes on increasing...permissions for these expensive projects have been granted before I took charge of the water resources department. Since there was not sufficient allocation to complete the projects they have remained incomplete and the cost has gone up over a period of time. Therefore, there is considerable rise in the cost. In such conditions, the responsibility of making a fact based report to the minister lies with the technical officers. After considering all aspects, the report is presented to the minister for approval and it is granted. These decisions are taken on the basis of recommendations made by the technical experts," said Pawar.
He said he would support the demand to bring out a white paper which will look into the details of approvals granted for the projects in the state, how much allocation has been made in each year, how much was spent on land acquisition.
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