Mumbai: Hitting out at Team Anna for targeting
Congress on the issue of corruption, Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said that people have seen
through their hidden agenda.
Addressing a workers training camp of the Mumbai Congress
ahead of the civic polls slated early next year, Chavan said
the RTI act was being used only against the Congress and now
its time the corrupt deeds of the Sena-BJP are exposed.
"Team Anna has systematically targeted the Congress and
people are now realising their hidden agenda. Congress has
been taking several measures to curb corruption and has
planned legislations like the whistleblower act and to prevent
corruption in the private sector. The government is open to
suggestions to improve the system," he said.
Meanwhile Chavan wondered why the party has not been
able to wrest the Mumbai civic body from the Shiv Sena-BJP.
"It is the state and central governments which have been
working for development of the city while the Sena-BJP run
civic body had failed on all counts," he said.
He said Congress aims to transform Mumbai into megacity
which would provide more employment opportunities, increase
income limits and enhance standard of living of all its
Chavan reiterated his support for a coastal ring road in
the city and said he would pursue the matter with the
He admitted difficulties in meeting deadlines for metro
and mono rail and said the first phase of both projects would
be completed soon.
Acknowledging opposition to the elevated metro, he said
he would try for underground metro in the next phases even
though it would amount to cost escalation.
Chavan said he supported developing water transport in
the city and his government would work in that direction.
Responding to criticism from party leaders that the
government has failed to implement promises made in the
manifesto like regularising slums till 2000 and rehabilitation
of slum dwellers near the airport within three to five km
radius, Chavan said an appropriate decision would be taken
before the code of conduct is enforced.
Former union minister and party MP from Mumbai North West
Gurudas Kamat also targeted anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare
for never having spoken against corruption indulged by the BJP
in Karnataka and the Sena-BJP in Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
"Hazare wants a strong Lokpal bill to stop corruption. He
does not feel like questioning his aides Arvind Kejriwal and
Kiran Bedi for violating laws. Congress workers must point
this out when targeted over corruption. Strong anti-corruption
laws exist and that is the reason why a cabinet minister is in
jail for eight months," Kamat said.
He said it was the Congress party`s failure to not get
people out to vote in the civic polls that has resulted in
Sena-BJP ruling the corporation for 17 years.
Party MP Priya Dutt and legislators from Mumbai North
Central parliamentary constituency complained that election
promises should be fulfilled and cited non-implementation of
the assurance on regularising slums upto the year 2000 and
rehabilitation of slum dwellers near the airport within three
to five km radius.
"We have been elected on that promise and it should be
fulfilled," they said.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president
Manikrao Thakre said the Shiv Sena-BJP`s politics was now
centred around Mumbai and surrounding areas since they have
lost hopes of coming back to power in the state.
"Don`t let internal differences affect party`s
prospects in elections," he told the faction-ridden city unit
of the party.
Industries Minister Narayan Rane wondered why the
Congress workers kept mum when opposition targeted the PM and
Sonia Gandhi. "why dont we attack and counter attack," he
Rane clarified that his son Nitesh who runs the
Swabhiman NGO is not contesting the civic polls. "the NGO will
work for the Congress candidates,"he said adding that Nitesh`s
comments about entering the fray have been misconstrued.