New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who was on Saturday summoned to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi in connection with the Adarsh Group Housing Society scam, said he has offered to resign.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence, Chavan said he had left it to the Congress chief to take a final call on his resignation.
Chavan met Sonia in the wake of an embarrassing housing scam amidst reports that she was deeply upset over the entire affair including the fact that three of the chief minister’s relatives were allotted flats in the Adarsh Group Housing Society meant for the families of Kargil war victims.
Defence Minister AK Antony, who is in charge of Congress affairs in Maharashtra, Congress president’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, were also present at the meeting.
While welcoming the probes by the CBI and the Defence Ministry into the issue, Chavan said truth must come out before the people so that those responsible for wrongdoings can be held accountable.
Chavan said he has given a full report to the Congress president on the Adarsh Group Housing Society, adding after the CBI probe it will be clear who owns the land on which the society is built.
Sonia Gandhi had earlier in the day also held consultations with with senior party leaders in which Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh was present besides Patel, AICC general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi and Union minister Prithviraj Chavan, who also hails from Maharashtra.
The Congress high command appeared to be upset with Chavan, whose mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, were among the 103 members of the controversial Adarsh Housing Society project in which several politicians, former Defence Services chiefs and other influential people have been allotted flats.
The land on which the 31-storey building was built in posh Colaba was said to have been meant for Kargil war heroes and widows.
The decision to summon Chavan to the capital for a meeting with the Congress chief came despite his statement yesterday that flats allotted to his mother-in-law and two other relatives were being surrendered. This obviously did not impress the party leadership.
Chavan had been involved in clearing papers for the upscale high-rise Adarsh building project in his previous capacity as the revenue minister.