Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh tendered his resignation on 5th April after the Bombay High Court ordered a CBI probe on corruption allegation against the NCP leader. The CBI probe order came after Former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh’s allegation that Deshmukh fixed a Rs 100-crore collection target for suspended assistant police inspector Sachin Waze.
Anil Deshmukh’s resignation comes in about a month since the resignation of Sanjay Rathod a member of Uddhav Thackeray’s cabinet, who under the pressure of NCP had to resign for his involvement in the controversy of Pooja Chavan’s death in the month of February.
The factor which irked Sharad Pawar forcing him to pressurise the Shiv Sena party was when after the death of Pooja Chavan, Sanjay Rathod who was absconding for a brief period decided to make a public appearance in Pohradevi temple in the Washim district of Maharashtra, showing his muscle power of thousands of his supporters and declared himself a leader of the Banjara community. The show of strength did not go down well with the NCP, which believes the Banjara community votes for the party in the Vidarbha region.
The NCP though being one of the main stakeholders of the MVA Government pressed for the resignation of Sanjay Rathod. Later on, Param Bir Singh was removed by the Maharashtra home ministry under Anil Deshmukh for “lapses” in connection with the Antilia bomb scare case that also encompasses the death case of businessman Mansukh Hiren.
The present scenario where Anil Deshmukh has resigned from his position under the coalited pressure of the former Mumbai Police Chief and by Shiv Sena can be considered as an effort by the latter party to settle score with NCP by indirectly not coming in support for Anil Deshmukh.