Maharashtra minister Subhash Desai offers resignation but Fadnavis declines it

A day after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a probe against two cabinet colleagues for alleged corruption, Industries Minister Subhash Desai of ally Shiv Sena tendered his resignation.

Published: 12th August 2017 01:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 05:09 PM   |  A+A-

Subhash Desai (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

MUMBAI: Maharashtra industries minister Subhash Desai met Devendra Fadnavis this morning and offered to resign but the chief minister refused to accept it.

The minister, whose role in the denotification of land acquired by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has triggered opposition allegations of corruption, has been asked to continue in the cabinet till the findings of an inquiry come in.

Fadnavis had assured the state legislature Friday night that an independent probe would be initiated into Desai actions in the controversy.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray defended Desai, who belongs to his party. "Those who are leveling allegations of corruption are themselves neck deep in it. They are not ashamed of their own deeds," he said.

He said mere allegations should not warrant a resignation. That would set a bad precedent, which would dent Maharashtra's image.

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