The former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and current Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the state legislative assembly, Devendra Fadnavis, came out heavy on the Maha Vikas Aaghadi (MVA) allies for the mismanagement of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader reprimanded Shiv Sena supremo, Uddhav Thackeray, and the MVA allies Congress party and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for the blunder in the state.
The “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” believer, Fadnavis, alleged that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is running away from taking bold decisions which is costing the state. “The state government is yet to spend financial aid provided by the Centre. I really don’t understand what is the priority of the state government, today the state needs assertive leadership, I expect Uddhav ji to take bold decisions,” alleged Fadnavis in his video addressing on Tuesday, May 26.
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— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 26, 2020
The LoP of the state assembly refuted the media reports that he or his party is pursuing to topple the MVA coalition government in Maharashtra. He clarified that as an opposition, he and his party are pressurising the state government to strengthen their fight against COVID-19. “We are not interested in the change of government in the state as COVID-19 situation is serious. We are fighting against Corona Virus and want to pressurise government for the same,” said Fadnavis while speaking to media over a video-conferencing.
The BJP leader, however, hinted at the toppling of the MVA government due to the internal feud. Fadnavis stated that the ‘idealogically different’ front in Maharashtra will “fall due to its own burden”. The BJP leader counted a number of help and support that reached the state from the BJP led Central Government. He, however, accused MVA government of blaming, unnecessarily, the central government for ineffective assistance.
“Today, in Maharashtra, an atmosphere has been created that the central government has not given anything to the state. The state keeps saying that the Centre has not given anything so I am here to say what the Centre has given,” stated Fadnavis before recounting the support provided by the centre to the state.
Fadnavis unveiled that so far, Rs. 3,800 crore have been spent by the central government to provide relief to the women, widows, handicapped and others amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The BJP leader stated that this amount has been directly transferred by the BJP led Central Government into the accounts of the beneficiaries.
Devendra Fadnavis then went on to uncover his facts on the Centre’s help of Rs. 50 lakh on each train among 600 shramik trains that have left from Maharashtra to other states. He stated that only Rs. 7 – 9 lac were spent by the state on the train tickets. Fadnavis confidently answered queries around toppling of the current coalition government in the state.
The Maharashtra state is going through an unprecedented hardship due to COVID-19 crisis. There are reports that Uddhav Thackeray led Maharashtra administration has failed on all fronts to contain the spread of the deadly virus in the state. The state has crossed the 50,000 positive confirmed cases mark while more than 1600 COVID-19 patients have lost their lives in the state.
There are a number of developments in the state politics which are hinting at something is cooking up in the state’s political courtyard. The MVA government ally, NCP, chief Sharad Pawar, met the state governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, on Monday, May 25. The same day, he also met CM Uddhav Thackeray too. The two meetings are seen as “Not All’s Well” in the current coalition government. However, Shiv Sena leader and spokesperson, Sanjay Raut, refuted such media speculations of anything wrong in the government. “Sharad Pawar is well satisfied with the performance of this (Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP) government” claimed Raut in his media interaction.
To add to the speculations, the former Congress party chief and Gandhi scion, Rahul Gandhi, shrinked off his party’s responsibility in the state’s worst performance against COVID-19. In a video monologue, Gandhi stated that his party is supporting the current Maharashtra state government but isn’t the decision making entity there. He clarified that there is a difference between “supporting” and “running” a government.