State BJP chief Danve’s statement and status of irrigation scam probe


The statement of state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve that the NCP leader and former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar can be arrested “anytime” in the alleged irrigation scam, surprised many in the state.

The statement is quite significant ahead of the general elections and the state elections. However, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), said Pawar had no role in the alleged scam and accused the ruling BJP of trying to vitiate the political atmosphere ahead of elections.
Danve’s statement can’t be taken in good spirit as the state could not dispose the scam cases during its four year tenure. And hence, if someone is saying that it’s a politically motivated statement, nothing wrong with it.

The leader of Opposition and senior NCP leader, Dhananjay Munde has already blamed the government that it is an attempt to vitiate the atmosphere since elections are approaching. Pawar was among NCP ministers who were in-charge of the irrigation department at different times between 1999 and 2014 when the Congress and the NCP were part of the coalition government in the state.

The scam, pegged at Rs 72,000-crore, relates to alleged corruption and irregularities in approval and execution of various irrigation projects in the state during the Congress-NCP rule. It was probed by the ACB. “Police have reached the doorsteps of Ajit Pawar in the irrigation scam. Therefore, his condition is such that there is a sword hanging on his head and he can be arrested anytime,” Danve said.

Surprisingly, Danve made statement in a meeting at Pimpri-Chinchwad, the turf of the NCP leader. Pawar’s supporters already said that matter is being investigated since the last four years and it has been proved that Pawar had no role to play in the issue.

In view of such circumstances, it would be a wise step for the BJP and its government to ensure the speedy disposal of the irrigation scam cases instead of making such “politically motivated” statement.