Maharashtra Housing Scam: Congress Protests Outside Prakash Mehta's Residence, Demands Resignation

The police have barricaded the area near Prakash Mehta's residence to prevent Congress workers from reaching his place.

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Maharashtra Housing Scam: Congress Protests Outside Prakash Mehta's Residence, Demands Resignation

Prakash Mehta is facing allegations of violating norms in a slum redevelopment project in Mumbai. (PTI)

Mumbai:  The Congress on Saturday staged a protest outside Prakash Mehta's residence in Mumbai, demanding the resignation of the Maharashtra Housing Minister. Mr Mehta is facing allegations of having favoured a builder and violating norms in a slum redevelopment project in south Mumbai's Ghatkopar area.

The police barricaded the area near Mr Mehta's home to prevent Congress workers from reaching his place. 

"We want the signature the 'Maha" corrupt minister of Maharashtra, Prakash Mehta, on his resignation letter. For the last two weeks, everyday there is a new scam against Prakash Mehta," Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam told reporters before being detained by the police. 

"Firstly he tried to help a builder benefit by taking the name of the Chief Minister. Now there is an allegation that he has handed over a MHADA plot to a builder. Now there is an allegation that his wife and son are also involved in a SRA project nearby," Mr Nirupam claimed. 

The Opposition alleges Mr Mehta favoured a builder in a Ghatkopar transit camp project to help him convert it into a larger slum redevelopment scheme, which would have resulted in a windfall of around Rs 500 crore for the developer.

According to a file noting, Mr Mehta had allegedly claimed that Devendra Fadnavis was apprised of the decision. However, the chief minister had later clarified that he hadn't actually seen the file. 

After the Opposition went on the offensive in the Assembly earlier this week, Mr Fadnavis had announced an inquiry into the project. 

Defending himself earlier, Prakash Mehta had said, "The case is entirely political. Congress has no issue left. The case has no facts. The chief minister of Maharashtra himself is looking into this matter."

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