An impartial inquiry when a scam surfaces is definitely in the public interest, but the ongoing crisis in the Congress-led Democratic Front government over the irrigation scam can certainly not be called good for the state.
Government functioning was paralysed yesterday as NCP ministers did not turn up at their offices in Mantralaya. It was a show of support for their leader Ajit Pawar, who sent his letter of resignation from the post of deputy CM on Tuesday.
As if this were not enough, there is also an inexplicable delay on the part of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to forward Pawar’s letter of resignation to the Governor.
Pawar is being blamed for the maladies in the state irrigation sector, where projects have guzzled Rs 70,000 crore from the state kitty while the figure for irrigated land stands at an abysmal low.
The common man has a dizzy range of scams to remember these days. Scams have surfaced in the irrigation sector, toll collection, the redevelopment of an RTO plot in Andheri, the construction of Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi, housing schemes in Jalgaon, coal block allotments and, not to forget, the infamous Adarsh housing society. Every now and then there is something about companies floated by ministers only to hide their unaccounted money.
Once known as the best-administered state, we have lost all our glory today, all because of a crop of incompetent leaders promoted by all leading political parties.
It is also true we the voters are to blame for this sorry state of affairs, as it is the electorate that brings to power tainted leaders and the parties that endorse them.
Now, the fate of the state government is at the hands of a few NCP leaders who want Prithviraj Chavan to go rather than allow him a free hand to clean the rot.
The time has perhaps come for the Congress and the NCP to part ways, and let the people decide who they want in power.