Govt should have allowed debate on Adarsh, says Thakre

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's handling of the controversial Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society issue is now facing criticism from his own party Congress, which said the probe panel's report on the alleged irregularities should have been debated in the Assembly to clear the air.

"I personally believe Adarsh Commission report which was tabled in the winter session of the legislature should have been allowed to be debated both in the state Assembly and Legislative Council. The two days of debate would have removed a lot of misgivings and helped the government state its position before the people at large," Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre said.

"Hurriedly placing the report on the last day of the session and rejecting it gave credence to the theory that government was trying to hide facts or covering up corruption. Though this was not the real intention of the government, such a public perception was allowed to gain ground," Thakre said.

While maintaining that Chavan had done the right thing by reconsidering the Adarsh report, he said, "I am sure the government will allow the debate in the budget session beginning from February 24."

"A proper discussion would have shown that several of the decisions were not in contravention to the discretion of successive chief ministers," the state Congress chief said.

The NCP, an alliance partner of Congress in the government, also expressed similar views. State NCP chief Bhaskar Jadhav said, "We have always been extremely supportive to the Congress and lent a helping hand to the chief minister even though we have been at the receiving end on several occasions from the Congress."

A NCP general secretary said, "We need to analyse how to counter the negative impact because of the way the Adarsh issue was handled by Chavan. The question that comes to mind is what difference it has made by rejecting or accepting the report. It has multiplied the problems and worsened anti-government image in the public mind."

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