BJP seeks Chavan`s resignation over CVC controversy
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 22:14
Mumbai: Maharashtra BJP on Thursday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in connection with the CVC appointment controversy.

"Prithviraj Chavan should resign on moral grounds since his name was mentioned by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Rajya Sabha in connection with appointment of P J Thomas," State BJP President Sudhir Mungantiwar said here today.

Chavan's predecessor, Ashok Chavan, too had stepped down as Maharashtra Chief Minister on moral grounds when his name cropped up in the Adarsh Society scam, Mungantiwar said.

"Prithviraj Chavan took the charge of the state as Mr Clean. But then he was accused of getting a flat (meant for below-poverty-line category). His name came up in the S-Band controversy, and now the Prime Minister has directly named him in the Thomas matter," he said.

Mungantiwar said Chavan, in effect, was facing the accusation that he hid information from the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the stint in the PMO.

The state Congress, later, shot back, referring to Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

"Has the BJP asked its Chief Minister Yeddyurappa to establish his morality over corruption charges?" party spokesperson Anant Gadgil said.

Gadgil said the BJP had not taken action even against its Mumbai unit chief, Raj Purohit. The High Court had recently asked CBI to file an FIR against Purohit in a land scam case.

On Chavan's involvement in the Thomas case, Gadgil said the Prime Minister had merely spoken about the procedure while answering a question by Arun Jaitley, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

Meanwhile, Chavan today left for Delhi, with some media reports linking his visit with the Thomas controversy.


First Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 22:14

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