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Milind push for Adarsh action

Mumbai, Dec. 24: Soon after Milind Deora tweeted on an ordinance a few months ago, Rahul Gandhi wanted to tear it up. This time, many in the Maharashtra cabinet may be hoping Rahul will do the same to the Adarsh report but Milind has other ideas.

The young Union minister wants action on the findings of the Adarsh report that the Congress government in Maharashtra had rejected last week.

“If the Adarsh committee report raises questions, we should investigate (agnostic of party or bureaucracy), answer them & not be hush!” Deora tweeted on Tuesday.

The Congress in Maharashtra is trying to figure out if Milind is reflecting Rahul’s opinion — as was the case last time when the minister spoke out on the ordinance that was intended to shield convicted legislators and eventually binned after the party vice-president called it “nonsense”.

Milind told The Telegraph he was speaking for himself.

The Adarsh report had named four chief ministers, several ministers and bureaucrats. This Sunday, Narendra Modi had cited the government’s stand on the report to ridicule Rahul’s outburst against corruption at a Ficci meeting a day earlier.

Deora today said there was no point in shoving discussions on Adarsh “under the carpet”. “We should not let the Opposition take advantage of the matter — their own party people are also involved in the scam — there should be open discussion on the matter. Things need to be explained to the public,” he said.

Last week, Maharashtra governor K. Shankaranarayanan had refused to sanction the prosecution of Ashok Chavan, who was forced to resign as chief minister over the scandal.

Deora, who is an MP from Mumbai south constituency, said he did not agree with the Maharashtra government’s decision to reject the report but underscored that he was not aware of the legalities.

“I tweeted about what I felt because I feel people have a lot of questions about this scam which involved people from all parties — my mother and wife, who are completely apolitical people, certainly do. How can the Opposition parties like the BJP show outrage over this when their own party people or their associates are involved in the scam? People need to be told about these things,” said Deora. “Our silence on the issue must not become their weapon.”