Legislator is now MoS for Public Health in MVA govt.
State Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad claimed on Thursday that former Commissioner of Intelligence Rashmi Shukla misused her powers to stress Rajendra Patil Yadravkar — Independent MLA and present Minister of State for Medical Education, Public Health and Family Welfare — to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as an alternative of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) after the Assembly polls.
Mr. Awhad stated, “Rashmi Shukla called, met and asked Rajendra Yadravkar to not join the MVA. She instead asked him to join the BJP. We had come to know about this matter then. When the MVA government was formed, she apologised for her actions.”
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief on Wednesday alleged that Ms. Shukla had intercepted calls with out permission from the then Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Sitaram Kunte, who now serves because the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra.
Mr. Awhad stated a piece of officers have been working for the BJP and lots of of them are nonetheless working within the current authorities. “Rashmi Shukla presented false reasons to secure permission for phone tapping. Phones of different individuals were tapped and it was a systematic plan to defame the State government,” he stated.
The minister stated that not one of the officers talked about in Ms. Shukla’s report have been transferred. “Above all, these conversations are of individuals who have no relation whatsoever with the Home Minister or with the concerned officer. It seems, the whole thing was planted with a purpose to trouble the government,” he stated.
Addressing a press convention on Thursday, State Congress chief Nana Patole alleged that some IPS officers within the Maharashtra cadre, who’ve been secretly serving to the BJP on instructions of the Central authorities, will face motion. “We have come to know that there are some officers who have been secretly helping the BJP against the MVA government. They have breached the oath of secrecy, and hence they will face action,” he stated.
Reacting to Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis’s allegations, Mr. Patole stated, “He is clearly misleading the people and maligning the image of the State at the national level.” The BJP has been focusing on the Maharashtra authorities ever because it misplaced energy, he alleged.
Asked if the MVA authorities is shielding Home Minister Anil Deshmukh within the wake of former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh’s allegations of corruption towards him, Mr. Patole stated, “We are setting up an inquiry into the charges. When Mr. Fadnavis was the chief minister, he used to give a clean chit to his ministers.”
A delegation of MVA ministers will quickly be assembly Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. A delegation from the BJP had met Mr. Koshyari on Wednesday, requesting him to search a standing report from the Chief Minister on the State’s regulation and order scenario.