Kejriwal's AAP to release 'Black Paper' on Maharashtra irrigation scam
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday launched its Maharashtra campaign by vowing to expose the corruption behind various irrigation projects in the state.
Kejriwal was quoted by media, as saying that he would release a 'Black Paper' on the issue as a counter to the Maharashtra Government's White Paper on irrigation projects.
He criticised the report presented to the state cabinet on Friday, which gives a clean chit to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who resigned following allegations of under-performance and corruption in the irrigation sector.
Kejriwal and other AAP activists and supporters gathered in Mumbai today and they are scheduled to head towards Roha in Maharashtra's Raigad District - the political stronghold of state Irrigation Minister Sunil Tatkare.
According to the media reports the AAP has prepared an exhaustive 'Black Paper' in response to the 'White Paper' on irrigation over the past decade prepared by Maharashtra's Water Resources Department.
The party has claimed that the 'Black Paper' will expose details of the Rs. 70,000-crore irrigation scam in Maharashtra, including how it was perpetuated by the politician-bureaucrat-contractor nexus.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had said his government would bring a White Paper on issue of the alleged irrigation scam soon after Pawar resigned.