Maharashtra govt is bankrupt: Ashok Chavan


Nagpur :- The former chief minister and state Congress chief Ashok Chavan hit out at the BJP-led government in Maharashtra, calling it “bankrupt”.

Launching the Congress’ Sangharsh Yatra at Ramtek, he said the Devendra Fadnavis government is making announcements without money in its pocket. He said the BJP is only engaging in political `jumlas’ (rhetoric) whereas the Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan announced farm loan waivers immediately after taking charge last month. “In Maharashtra, it took the BJP government nearly three years to announce a farm loan waiver,” he pointed out.

“This government is a bankrupt government and does not have money in its pocket. The only thing they can do is make announcements,” said Chavan.

He also wondered if the senior IPS officer Alok Verma was shunted out as the CBI director as he allegedly was going to probe the Rafale jet deal. The Congress leader asked what was it that the Narendra Modi government was so afraid of and said the move to remove Verma from the top post raised several questions. Verma was shunted out as the CBI chief after a marathon meeting of the high-powered selection committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi Thursday.

The committee comprised Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, appointed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as his nominee in the panel. Verma, a 1979-batch IPS officer, has been removed from the high-profile post on the charges of corruption and dereliction of duty, making him the first chief in the history of the central agency to face such an action.

Chavan said, “Why is the government so afraid of the CBI? What was Verma going to enquire that we was removed by Modi? Was he removed as he was going to probe into the Rafale issue?”