The BJP leader submitted a memorandum to governor Bhagat Singh koshyari in which he requested a report regarding current situation in the state to be submitted to the President. The Maharashtra Cabinet holded a meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the Deshmukh issue.
After the meeting, Fadnavis said that the governor should ask the chief minister what action has been taken on the issue of extortion and transfer racket. “CM Uddhav Thackeray has maintained silence on the entire political crisis. We have requested Governor to make him speak and seek a report from him,” said the former chief minister.
The BJP has been trying to attack the three-party ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance over the allegations against state home minister Anil Deshmukh, demanding his resignation. The NCP leader has been accused of corruption by Param Bir Singh, an IPS officer who was transferred as Mumbai police commissioner during the investigation into security threat case against billionaire Mukesh Ambani.
Param Bir Singh said in a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray that Deshmukh provided Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze, arrested in the Amabni Bomb scare case, a target to extort Rs 100 crore from various establishments of Mumbai. Singh has been able to move the Supreme Court against his transfer and to seek a CBI enquiry against Deshmukh.
The NCP, part of MVA, has also backed the minister and their actions, ruling out his resignation. NCP chief Sharad Pawar who was the head of stitching three -party alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – acting as the chief crisis manager, held a press conference and multi party meeting to discuss the issue. He told reporters on Monday that Deshmukh was recuperating from Covid-19 during the period Param Bir Singh has claimed that Deshmukh was indulged in “extortion activities” through police officers.
But Fadnavis took a stand against the senior politician from Maharashtra over the statement. “Deshmukh was in home quarantine from February 15-27 but met officers and was not in isolation. I feel Pawar Sahab was not briefed properly yesterday,” the BJP leader said.
Fadnavis claimed the Maha Vikas Agadi (MVA) government in the state did not act even on a state intelligence department report containing audio intercepts of “large scale corruption” in police transfers and postings, and said he would seek a probe by the CBI.
The BJP leader met the Union home secretary in Delhi on Tuesday and submitted all the evidence regarding the issue so that they can verify all the documents. “The Union home secretary told me that they will verify document and evidence submitted and report will be sent to the Central government, which will take appropriate action,” Fadnavis told reporters after the meeting.
However, Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut clearly declined that there is nothing serious in the documents which was given to the home secretary by Fadnavis. “The Government will not come under threat with it,” he added.
Meanwhile, amid the protest for his resignation, Deshmukh met Thackeray at the latter’s residence ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai on Tuesday.