The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday criticized the Maharashtra Government's move to re-induct tainted Ajit Pawar as the state's Deputy Chief Minister.
Pawar had quit in September this year after his name surfaced in connection with a irrigation scam. He rejoined the Maharashtra cabinet again after a White Paper gave him a clean chit.
Pawar took the oath of office and secrecy at Raj Bhavan in presence of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Governor Kateekal Sankaranarayanan.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said: "As far as return of Ajit Pawar to the Maharashtra ministry is concerned, he is returning without an enquiry. Sharad Pawar is on record saying that we need enquiry and what happened to that demand, even the sentiments explained by Sharad Pawar. We demand CBI enquiry, with court monitoring, so that it will reach to a conclusion. And only after that the decision can be taken but today's decision of taking back Ajit Pawar as deputy Chief Minister, definitely raises the question on credibility as far as Prithviraj Chavan is concerned."
BJP leader in Maharashtra Eknath Khadse said in Mumbai: "Around 1500 crores (15 billion rupees) worth of corruption happened in just 22 tenders and many such tenders were announced by him and corruption worth billions has taken place. There should be an enquiry into this matter. A white paper was tabled but nothing about the enquiry has been mentioned in that white paper. Though we are not satisfied with the white paper, which was presented but we will debate over it in the assembly. The government is not paying heed to our demands of enquiry on charges of corruption, which implicates that this government is trying to suppress corruption and is indirectly supporting Ajit Pawar."
Supporting Ajit Pawar return to the Maharashtra Cabinet, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar said: "I feel that Shiv Sena must not take up this matter now because their demand was that a white paper should be presented, which has been met. Everything is clear now, so they should have no objection regarding his (Ajit Pawar) induction." (ANI)