Rahul Gandhi tears into Maharashtra govt for rejecting Adarsh scam report

RahulThere is no reason to protect anybody and guilty should be punished, said Rahul Gandhi. (IE Photo)

At this stage, AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed was learnt to have interjected, "You can explain it to Rahulji and a few others, but what about 1.2 billion people? What about their perception?"

Ahmed later claimed he had not spoken at the meeting.

After the meeting ended, Chavan had a one-on-one meeting with Gandhi.

It is learnt that he explained how the entire Cabinet had vehemently sought the rejection of the report. Chavan was also said to have argued that he could not have vetoed the consensus decision given that coalition partner NCP was also involved.

Gandhi's disapproval of the Maharashtra government's decision came three days after party MP and close associate Milind Deora had questioned it saying that the report should be investigated, answered and not hushed.

On Friday, Gandhi declared that a decision was taken at the CMs' meeting to set up Lokayuktas by February 28 next year in all party-ruled states as per the Lokpal Act.

Seeking to take a high moral ground on the issue of corruption that has bedevilled the UPA government, Gandhi said, "Everyone seems to be only talking about corruption but not doing anything. I see only one party wanting to do something about fighting corruption. I have said that if you want to fight corruption, there is an anti-corruption framework in the form of some bills lying with Parliament, ready to be passed. Let us enact those laws. Let us have a special session of Parliament and pass those laws."

"I told them (Opposition) let's set up this framework by passing the laws, but I only heard silence from the other side. I did not hear 'yes'. I only hear big speeches about fighting corruption again and again and again and again. But nothing more. Talking about corruption has become a fashion.The government and the Opposition should together pass those bills in the LS and the RS," he said.

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