In his weekly column “ Rokhthok ” in Party spokesman Saamna, Raut said Deshmukh got the house portfolio by accident as NCP leaders. Jayant Patil and Dilip Walse-Patil refused to accept the post.
Declaring the real estate portfolio to be prestigious, Raut said the Home Secretary should not be working in the company of suspects.
“The police department has been vilified before, and besides, such things raise doubts. Deshmukh got into trouble with some senior officials for no reason. The Minister of the Interior should speak the least and only if necessary.
“Whoever runs the police department is not there just to receive a ‘salute’, but is supposed to offer strong leadership. How can we forget that such tenacity comes from honesty?” Raut wrote.
Raut’s remarks come against the backdrop of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh alleging serious corruption allegations against Deshmukh in letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Singh also moved the High Court to Bombay and called for a CBI investigation against Deshmukh.
In a sharp response to Raut’s statement, Pawar said no one should be playing the “spoilsport” when the tripartite government is functioning properly.
Allocation of cabinet posts is the prerogative of the leader of each ruling party in a coalition, Pawar, who is also a leader of the NCP, told reporters in the town of Baramati in Pune.
He added that as the leader of the NCP, Sharad pawar takes all decisions, including the allocation of positions to party leaders.
A similar method is being followed by Congress and Shiv Sena, Ajit Pawar said.
“He should be respected instead of making unwarranted comments,” he said.
The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress share power in Maharashtra.
In his column, Raut also pointed out flaws in the state’s governance, claiming that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition has no “damage control” mechanism.
He wondered why no one in the coalition had come forward when Singh made the allegations against Deshmukh.
Raut said the incidents in recent months have raised questions about the “character” of Maharashtra.
(With PTI entries)