Posted on December 2, 2019, 11:16 AM IST
BJP had pulled the unimaginable move on Saturday by declaring Devendra Fadnavis as Maharastra CM and Ajit Pawar as Deputy CM, this political stunt lasted for 80hrs. After which both the leaders resigned from their respective positions to let the Maha Vikas Aghadi led by Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray take the lead.
Now in fresh developments Bharatiya Janata Party leader Anantkumar Hedge on Monday has allegedly claimed that Devendra Fadnavis became Maharashtra chief minister for just 80 hours in order to divert Rs 40,000 crore funds back to Centre.
Hedge, who is member of Parliament from Uttara Kannada constituency in Karnataka, is known for his controversial remarks. He chose to explain why BJP formed a government in Maharashtra without the numbers.
“A CM has access to around Rs 40,000 crore from Centre. He [Devendra Fadnavis] knew if Congress, Nationalist Congress Party [NCP] and Shiv Sena government comes to power it would misuse funds meant for development. So it was decided that there should be a drama. Fadnavis became CM and in 15 hours he moved Rs 40,000 crore back to Centre,” Hedge was quoted by ANI.
After Fadnavis’ resignation, the three-party alliance of Sena, NCP and Congress, known as Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), staked claim to form a government in the state.
Sena president Uddhav Thackeray took oath as chief minister at Mumbai’s iconic Shivaji Park on Thursday. Thackeray-led MVA passed the floor test in the assembly on Saturday with the support of 169 MLAs. The halfway mark in the assembly is 299-member Maharashtra assembly is 145.
During his speech in the assembly on Sunday, Thackeray had targeted Fadnavis for forming a government without the numbers to clear a floor test. Thackeray assured the House that he “will not do anything at midnight”.
Fadnavis was elected as the leader of opposition in Maharashtra assembly on Sunday. Four-time Congress MLA Nana Patole was elected unopposed as the speaker after BJP withdrew candidate its candidate.