Fadnavis, BJP 'criminals' of Maharashtra people: Raut

Sanjay Raut claims the purported act of Fadnavis a treachery and said that BJP and Fadnavis are 'criminals' of the people of Maharashtra

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut addresses a press conference after the party's meeting, in Mumbai, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The Shiv Sena on Monday described BJP MP Ananth Kumar Hegde's claim that Devendra Fadnavis was made CM last month despite lacking majority only to 'protect' Rs 40,000 crore central funds from being 'misused' as Fadnavis's treachery in Maharashtra.

Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that Fadnavis and the BJP were "criminals" of people of Maharashtra.

The state Chief Secretary and CM Uddhav Thackeray will clarify on the issue, Raut said.

Also Read: Fadnavis made CM to 'protect' Rs 40k crore funds: Hegde

Reacting to Hegde's claim, Fadnavis said, "No such major policy decision has been taken by me as CM. All such allegations are false."

Hegde claimed Fadnavis was made chief minister of Maharashtra last month despite lacking majority only to 'protect' Rs 40,000 crore central funds under the CM's control from being 'misused'.

Also Read: Fadnavis rubbishes Hegde's claim on central funds

Days after Fadnavis resigned barely 80 hours after taking oath for the second time as chief minister, Hegde, known for making controversial statements, sought to give a new twist to the episode describing the government formation by the BJP as a 'drama' played out to ensure that the funds meant for development works were 'protected'.

"You all know that recently in Maharashtra for just 80 hours our person was Chief Minister, but soon Fadnavis resigned. Why did we have to do this drama? Didn't we know- despite knowing we don't have majority, why did he become CM? This is the question commonly every one ask," Hegde said at a meeting, reportedly during campaign in bypoll-bound Yellapur in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka on Saturday.

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