Sena-BJP boycott tea-party hosted by Maha CM

The opposition parties accused the Chief Minister of inducting tainted ministers in his Cabinet despite his promise of clean administration.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 19:00 PM IST

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

The opposition parties accused the Chief Minister of
inducting tainted ministers in his 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 that the state government should
pay Rs 50,000 per hectare to the horticulture sector and Rs
25,000 to other crops which have been damaged in most parts of
the state.

PTI