Mumbai: The Opposition on Friday levied a fresh allegation against Housing Minister Prakash Mehta and also targeted Industries Minister Subhash Desai. Dhananjay Munde, Opposition leader in the Legislative Council, alleged that Desai was responsible for returning land to an industrialist, which was acquired by the MIDC.
The issue came up in the Legislative Council when MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha raised the issue of housing societies. He said there are many tenants residing in houses on rental basis and the government has to change the law so that the tenants will be owners of the houses.
"The issue is related to housing societies and the minister is facing allegation of corruption. So there is no hope that the minister will reply in favour of public interest," Munde said.
The Opposition demanded Mehta's resignation and disrupted the proceedings. Chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar adjourned the House for 10 minutes.
When the House resumed after 10 minutes, Munde said, "In 2016, there was an agreement of Magnetic Maharashtra and the MIDC to acquire 400 acres of land from farmers for the industry. The minister allegedly directed the MIDC to exclude 60 per cent of the acquired land and return it to the industrialist."
"The government has to ask the minister to resign due to the alleged corruption," he demanded. Due to the disruptions, the House was adjourned eight times in the day.
The Opposition was aggressive and continuously demanded resignation of Mehta over the SRA scam in the Legislative Council.
Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, levelled a fresh allegation against Mehta. "Prakash Mehta was director of one developer firm Sai Nidhi. The same company developed an SRA project on a plot at Kirol village in Ghatkopar. In that, name of Mehta's son Harsh and other relatives have been shown as tenants to get redeveloped house. The minister used his influence to give benefits to his family," Vikhe Patil alleged.
NCP leader Ajit Pawar backed Vikhe Patil and demanded the resignation of Mehta. "If the officer can be removed on the basis of corruption then why not Mehta. Till the government seeks the minister's resignation, we will not allow functioning of the House," he said.
However, Mehta refuted all the allegations levelled by Vikhe Patil. He said he was director of Sai Nidhi in 2008. "Before taking oath as housing minister I resigned from the post," he said.
He said his son Harsh is an eligible tenant of the chawl in Ghatkopar. "All the allegations are baseless and politically motivated," Mehta said.