Taking a dig at senior BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis, who had mentioned that he still feels like chief minister of Maharashtra, NCP president Sharad Pawar on Wednesday mentioned he lacked this trait though he had served as CM 4 occasions.
Fadnavis hit again, saying some leaders are sad over his achievements as a former chief minister who accomplished his full five-year time period, in contrast to Pawar.
“It’s good that the BJP leader still considers himself as the chief minister. I congratulate him. After being the chief minister for five years, Fadnavis still feels he is holding the post. I lacked this trait. I have served as chief minister (of Maharashtra) four times. But I don’t even remember,” Pawar informed reporters in Mumbai.
He additionally referred to Fadnavis’ well-known “Me Punha Yein” (I will return) slogan which had grow to be fashionable earlier than the 2019 Maharashtra meeting elections.
The slogan had grow to be a topic of ridicule and impressed many mock-filled messages and WhatsApp memes taking a dig at the BJP chief.
Fadnavis, whereas talking at an occasion in Navi Mumbai, mentioned that the folks of Maharashtra by no means made me feel that I am not the chief minister.
“I still feel that I am chief minister as I have been roaming in the state over the last two years. The love and affection of people have not receded,” he had said.
On Wednesday, he hit back at Pawar, saying some leaders are unhappy over his achievements as a former chief minister.
“Pawar by no means accomplished a full five-year time period though he has served as CM 4 occasions,” Fadnavis said in Panaji.
“People have not listened to my exact speech given in Navi Mumbai but are jumping on to react over the issue. The fact is that I am the only chief minister in the last 40 years who has completed his full five-year term. Sharad Pawar also became chief minister of Maharashtra four times but he never completed a full five-year term.
“These party leaders are unhappy because of my achievements. I am also happy in my current position as Leader of Opposition,” he told reporters.
Fadnavis became the chief minister of Maharashtra after the 2014 elections and went on to complete a full term, something which no chief minister of the state had managed in the previous three decades.
After the Shiv Sena walked out of the alliance with the BJP after the 2019 polls, he forged a tie-up with a breakaway group of NCP MLAs led by Ajit Pawar and was sworn in as chief minister with Pawar as his deputy.
But this government lasted only for three days for want of the numbers and was replaced by an alliance of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, headed by Uddhav Thackeray.
At a bandh observed in Maharashtra on Monday by the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Fadnavis said it was good that Pawar himself admitted how Shiv Sena succeeded in organising the shutdown by threatening the people.
“An incident happened in Uttar Pradesh, but here the Maharashtra government used its own state machinery to make the bandh successful. Shiv Sena workers were openly threatening shop owners. It was a state-sponsored suppression due to which people got scared and remained in their homes,” he alleged.
Fadnavis said he was happy that Pawar had admitted what happens when Shiv Sena gives a call for bandh and how it uses its force against the people to close down business activities.
Commenting on raids by CBI on the premises linked to former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh who belongs to the NCP, he said, “CBI officials could visit Deshmukh’s home only because of the order issued by the Bombay High Court. The Maharashtra government has withdrawn its support to cooperate with the CBI when there are at least 80 different cases of corruption, bank fraud, among others”.
Fadnavis said the way central agencies are treated in Maharashtra is highly objectionable.