Amid furore over corruption charges against Anil Deshmukh, key Maha Vikas Aghadi meet today

 Amid furore over corruption charges against Anil Deshmukh, key Maha Vikas Aghadi meet today

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In a letter to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, ousted Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh alleged that state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was running an ‘extortion racket’

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Amid allegations of corruption against state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, a key meeting of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leaders will take place in Mumbai today. While the leaders of the ruling alliance have already made clear that Deshmukh will not be asked to resign, despite a chorus demanding his dismissal by the opposition parties, the final decision regarding the same rests with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

A massive political controversy broke out over the weekend after ousted Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh alleged that Deshmukh was running an ‘extortion’ racket.

Speaking on the matter, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut backed NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s stand and said that the allegations need to be probed. “HM (Anil Deshmukh) said that the contents of ‘letter bomb’ should be probed, CM should probe it. NCP chief said that it should be investigated. If the govt is ready to accept the challenge of probing this, then why is the issue of resignation being raised repeatedly?” Raut said.

Raut further warned that ‘if someone is attempting to get President Rule imposed in Maharashtra by misusing central agencies, then I am warning them – you yourself will get burnt in that fire’.

No question of resignation: Maha Minister
Meanwhile, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said that Param Bir Singh’s letter raises questions as ‘it was written after transfer’. “There’ll be a probe (against Home Minister Anil Deshmukh). The resignation has been asked on basis of the letter, no question it’ll happen. Party will take a call only after the probe,” he said.

Pawar had, on Sunday said that Deshmukh’s side also needed to be heard. “Anil Deshmukh’s side also needs to be heard before taking any decision on him. We will make a decision on Deshmukh by tomorrow,” Pawar told reporters on Sunday. A meeting of NCP leaders took place in the national capital over the matter on Sunday. Raut also met Pawar reportedly over the issue.

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