NCP director Sharad Pawar announced on Thursday that BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis appeared unhappy to accept the post of deputy minister in Eknath Shinde’s government.
While Shinde rebel leader Shiv Sena was sworn in as Maharashtra’s new prime minister following the fall of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government, Fadnavis, a former CM who had vowed to stay outside, took the oath as the prime minister. as Shinde’s deputy.
“I think Fadnavis didn’t accept the number two spot cheerfully. His facial expression said it all,” Pawar told reporters in Pune.
“(But) He is from Nagpur and he worked as a “swayamsevak” (with RSS) and there, when there was an order, it had to be followed,” the head of the NCP said and said. added that Fadnavis may have accepted a subordinate. position due to this`sanskar’ (value).
He also spoke about the alleged abuse of central agencies by the BJP government, claiming that he received letters from the Income Tax department regarding his election returns in 2004, 2009 and 2014.
Pawar also said that the Eknath Shinde faction, camping in Guwahati after rebelling against the Uddhav Thackeray government, did not expect that their leader would become anything more than a deputy CM.
“But after the BJP’s central leadership gave an order, the ministerial post was given to Shinde. No one noticed it. I don’t think Shinde himself knew. The second surprise, which I didn’t know. What I think is the real surprise is that Devendra Fadnavis, who was CM for 5 years and then leader of the opposition, had to take the position of Deputy CM at the direction of the central leadership,” Pawar said. .
However, he noted that there have been such cases in the past.
He also spoke to Shinde and congratulated him, Pawar added.
Pawar also refuted claims by the Sena MLA rebels that Sena’s ties to the NCP and Congress were the main reason for their rebellion.
“This allegation is baseless. It has no connection to the NCP and Congress. He said: “There is something that has to be told to everyone (as an excuse), which is why the NCP and Congress are being blamed.