Maharashtra Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday following the Pooja Chavan death case controversy. “There has been a lot of dirty politics over the issue of the woman’s death,” Sanjay Rathod said.
After meeting CM Uddhav Thackeray, Sanjay Rathod stated that he had resigned to facilitate a free and fair probe. “Attempts were made to tarnish my image and destroy my reputation I had built after 30 years of social work. I was saying that let the probe happen before taking any decision. But the opposition threatened to disrupt the budget session,” Sanjay Rathod asserted.
Maharashtra Congress Committee spokesperson Sachin Sawant explained in a tweet that an “impartial investigation” will be underway in the Pooja Chavan death case and those responsible will be “punished”. He also lashed out at the BJP and claimed, “backed rapists in Kathua, Unnao and Hathras must answer why PM Narendra Modi did not take the resignation of rape-accused former minister Nihal Chand”.
Sanjay Rathod was alleged of somehow being involved in the death of 23-years old Pooja Chavan who fell from a building on February 8. Pooja was a resident of the Beed district. Police had said they were probing the suicide angle. However, the BJP has accused Sanjay Rathod of having links to the woman. Later, purported photographs, audio and video clips went viral on social media.
State BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said, “We are not going to accept anything other than Rathod’s resignation. We have intensified our agitation and various cells of the party will continue protesting until we get his resignation.”