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NCP calls Somaiya's allegations against its leaders 'baseless'

Posted on Dec 07, 02:31PM | UNI

The NCP today termed the allegations levelled by senior BJP leader Kirit Somaiya against its leaders as 'baseless' and 'false' and threatened to move a privilege motion against him in the Maharashtra assembly during the winter session.

Talking to reporters here, party spokesperson Nawab Mallik said 'The NCP will move a privilege motion on floor of house against Mr Somaiya for allegedly maligning the image of legislative assembly speaker Dilip Walse-Patil by making false allegation of financial irregularity in Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL).' Terming the allegations levelled against NCP leaders as 'baseless' and 'false', he said 'that is why they have decided to move the privilege motion against Mr Somaiya in the assembly.' Mr Mallik accused Mr Somaiya of acting at the behest of multinational IT companies to malign the image of NCP leaders.

'Mr Somaiya might have taken 'contract' from multinational IT companies to malign the image of NCP leaders,' he added. Mr Somaiya had alleged that the MKCL was floated in 2001 by then minister Dilip Walse-Patil, Anees Ahmed and five other bureaucrats. But midway, around 2005, the ruling Democratic Front government ministers diluted the stake to 26 per cent and that too without following proper administrative procedures.

Alleging that the corporation in its financial report for the year 2011-12, had shown a turnover of Rs 272 crore and expected it to be around Rs 325 crore for 2012-13, Mr Somaiya said, 'Going by the business, the MKCL's market value must be around Rs 2,000 crore. But the Congress and NCP ministers diluted the stake for a per cent, that is mere Rs 1.50 crore.' He had further alleged that the ex-ministers and bureaucrats were still shareholders in the corporation.

'If the company was floated by the government, then it should be the shareholder of the entire stake. How were shares issued in the name of individual politicians and bureaucrats?' he asked.