Rahul Gandhi tears into Maharashtra govt for rejecting Adarsh scam report
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Three months after he trashed the Union Cabinet's decision to bring an ordinance on convicted MPs and MLAs, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday disapproved of Maharashtra Cabinet's decision to reject a judicial commission's report on the Adarsh housing scandal and demanded its reconsideration.
This came shortly after a meeting of Congress chief ministers saw senior party leaders denouncing the Congress government's decision citing "public perception" about the party's stance on corruption.
"Personally, I don't agree with that decision. They (Maharashtra government) should reconsider that," Gandhi said in response to a query at a press conference at the party headquarters in the presence of Congress CMs including Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
"There is no question of protecting anybody. They should reconsider," he said when he was asked if the Congress was trying to protect party leaders who were allegedly involved in the scam.
Chavan said he would discuss the issue (of reconsideration) with his Cabinet colleagues.
Asked if he would consider bringing a fresh action taken report (ATR) on the commission's report, he told The Indian Express, "I have not decided the next course of action yet. I will have to first consult my Cabinet colleagues."
The Maharashtra government had rejected the J A Patel Commission report on the Adarsh scam which had indicted, among others, several former Chief Ministers including Sushil Kumar Shinde, the present Union Home Minister who was present at the meeting of the CMs when the issue was discussed.
Incidentally, Gandhi kept quiet at the meeting when senior leaders questioned the Maharashtra decision.
The issue was raised by AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik, MP from Maharashtra, who was learnt to have said, "We are discussing public perception here but we rejected the report of the Adarsh Commission." Chavan said he could not explain the reasons for the rejection of report in such a large gathering (of CMs and party office-bearers) and would explain it to the Congress vice-president later.
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