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Fadnavis rejects Desai resignation

MUMBAI

A day after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a probe against two cabinet colleagues for alleged corruption, Industries Minister Subhash Desai of ally Shiv Sena tendered his resignation on Saturday but it was rejected.

The quick-paced developments came after Desai met Fadnavis with his resignation letter. The chief minister spoke with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray before rejecting it. He asked Desai to continue in office.

Desai, 75, among the seniormost Sena leaders, is a close confidante of Thackeray. The two leaders met late on Friday night before he decided to quit, official sources said. After a sustained opposition onslaught in the legislature against Housing Minister Prakash Mehta and Desai, Fadnavis announced a probe into the allegations on Friday.

As pressure built up, Bharatiya Janata Party sources claimed even Mehta offered his resignation on Friday night, but Fadnavis rejected it, prompting a sharp reaction from the opposition Congress on Saturday.

Hitting back, Thackeray demanded a thorough and impartial probe against several opposition leaders accused in various scandals.

Indo-Asian News Service