<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking the rollback the stamp duty hike on conveyance deeds and gift deeds on immovable properties, Ramdas Kadam, Shiv Sena minister, lashed out at Ram Shinde, cabinet colleague, for alleged corruption in the Jalyukta Shivaar Water Conservation Scheme.On Tuesday, the Maharashtra cabinet decided to hike the stamp duty on gift deeds to blood relatives and on the conveyance of immovable properties.Kadam alleged that this decision had been taken by the state cabinet despite Diwakar Raote, senior Shiv Sena minister, objecting to it, and threatened that the party would protest if the decision isn’t rolled back. He said that Uddhav Thackeray, President, Shiv Sena, had spelt out his opposition to this cabinet move.”Why is the state government trying to drive a wedge between blood relations?” questioned Kadam, who is the state Environment Minister, adding that the hike in stamp duty on conveyance would affect the poor and middle class who wish to move into better houses.”Shiv Sena feels this is a wrong decision… we will protest against it despite being in power,” warned Kadam.Kadam lashed out at Shinde, who belongs to the BJP, over alleged corruption in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ flagship Jalyukta Shivaar scheme in Ratnagiri and added that his son Yogesh had detected irregularities in works in Khed, Dapoli, and Mandangad talukas.He said that this could be an indication towards larger irregularities in these projects being undertaken throughout the state.Shinde could not be contacted for his comments.”He is lying. Statements made by him yesterday (about the scheme being free of malpractices) is false,” said Kadam, adding that he had told Fadnavis about these irregularities and had been assured of a high-level probe.Kadam said that payments had been released to contractors despite the work not being done at the site and the quality of work on water conservation and storage structures was poor….& ANALYSISThe gloves seem to be off between the Shiv Sena and BJP despite sharing power in the state and the Centre. The Sena seems to hit its senior ally where it hurts the most by alleging irregularities in the state government’s flagship scheme


Sena, BJP face off over stamp duty hike