CM backs min­is­ters, hits out at Cong-NCP

BJP’S STATE EX­EC­U­TIVE MEET

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PUNE: Coun­ter­ing the al­le­ga­tions of graft and wrong­do­ing lev­elled against his min­is­ters, chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis de­fended his cab­i­net col­leagues, in­clud­ing se­nior BJP leader Ek­nath Khadse who was forced to step down ear­lier this month.

Speak­ing at the open­ing ses­sion of the party’s state ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing in Pune on Satur­day, Fad­navis said the al­le­ga­tions — against sev­eral min­is­ters, in­clud­ing women and child devel­op­ment min­is­ter Pankaja Munde, ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Vinod Tawde, water re­sources min­is­ter Girish Ma­ha­jan, and even party’s state pres­i­dent Raosa­heb Danve — were a “false pro­pa­ganda” by the op­po­si­tion. “Just as we are tak­ing the devel­op­ment agenda for­ward, there is an at­tempt to tar­get our min­is­ters. How can Congress-NCP ac­cuse us of land deals when they have been slammed by the CAG re­port for grab­bing land?” said the CM. “This is a con­spir­acy... It is like Goebbels [Nazi pro­pa­ganda min­is­ter] pro­pa­ganda in ab­sence of any ev­i­dence.”

Un­mask their [lead­ers from Congress, NCP] cor­rup­tion rack­ets, col­lect doc­u­ments and file cases against them. DEVEN­DRA FAD­NAVIS, CM

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