Sena, BJP boycott tea-party hosted by Maha CM

The opposition Shiv Sena-BJP boycotted the customary tea party hosted by Maharashtra CM.

Nagpur: The opposition Shiv Sena-BJP on Tuesday boycotted the customary tea party hosted by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on the eve of the winter session of the State Legislature.

The opposition parties accused the Chief Minister of inducting tainted ministers in the Cabinet despite his promise of clean administration. They demanded suspension of bureaucrats involved in various scams.

"Chavan, after his swearing-in ceremony had promised people of the state that he would provide clean administration, but within a short span of his taking over the office, he has retained most of the tainted ministers involved in the Adarsh Housing society scam," Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Eknath Khadse told reporters here.
"Therefore, we have decided not to attend the tea party. There is lack of transparency in the cabinet formation.

Opposition will raise all such issues pertaining to corruption in Adarsh and irregularities in Lavasa, farmers suicide and damage to the crop due to unseasonal rains," he said.

Asked whom he was referring to, Khadse said, "Narayan Rane and others."
The BJP leader demanded the state government should pay Rs 50,000 per hectare for horticulture and Rs 25,000 per hectare for other crops, which have been damaged in most parts of the state.