Mumbai: Opposition parties in Maharashtra on Tuesday welcomed deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's resignation in the wake of corruption allegations in irrigation projects saying the truth must come out.

"Be it a court stricture or the CM's talk of white paper on irrigation, any proper inquiry can't take place when the minister is in office," state unit BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar said.

"It is good that he has resigned," he said, adding the truth (in the alleged irrigation scam) should come out.

"It was necessary that he resign in wake of several scams. Hope it is not a political stunt. This scam should be probed independently," BJP MLA Devendra Phadanvis said.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray said Ajit Pawar's resignation was a "nautanki".

NCP MP from Baramati Supriya Sule, however, said she was proud of Ajit Pawar.

"NCP doesn't want to give political instability to the state. Ajit dada has taken the decision to resign after much thought. I am proud of my brother," she said.

"Ajit Pawar had spoken to me (before he announced the decision", Supriya added.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has appealed to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to not succumb to the NCP's pressure "tactics" and accept Ajit Pawar's resignation.

"He (Chavan) should not fall prey to pressure tactic. This is a pressure tactic not to allow any probe in the irregularities of the irrigation department," Uddhav said.

On en masse resignation of all NCP ministers of the state government, Uddhav described the act as "blackmailing" saying NCP would not pull the plug on the coalition government.

"I don't think NCP will destabilise the state government. If this government falls, NCP will have to quit the Central government as well and face inquiries on allegations of various scams," he added.

(Agencies)

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