Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Anant Kumar Hegde has claimed that Devendra Fadnavis was made Maharashtra Chief Minister despite not having a majority to prevent central funds worth Rs 40,000 crore, from being “misused” by the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.
“You all know our man in Maharashtra became Chief Minister for 80 hours. Then, Fadnavis resigned. Why did he do this drama? Didn’t we know that we don’t have majority and yet he became Chief Minister. This is the question everyone is asking” Hegde said in Karnataka on Sunday. The MP from Uttara Kannada said that the BJP staged a “drama” to move the money to the central government.
“A chief minister has access to around Rs 40,000 crore from the Centre. He knew if Congress-NCP-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 Chief Minister and in 15 hours he moved Rs 40,000 crore back to Centre,” Hegde added.
Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister on November 23 while NCP’s Ajit Pawar took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of the state. However, on November 26 Fadnavis announced his resignation after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test in the state assembly.
Meanwhile, Fadvanis has denied the claim of Hegde and termed it completely false. In his reply to a question, Fadnavis said, “No money has been returned to the Centre and no policy decision was taken by him as caretaker chief minister.”
“This claim is completely false. No such incident occurred. As far as the bullet train project is concerned, the Maharashtra government has no role except land acquisition.”
On November 28, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.