BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde has claimed that his party colleague and former chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, who was sworn as the CM for the second term in a surprise oath ceremony held at 7.50 am last month, just to protect the Rs 40,000 crore central funds. Hedge, who is in the news from time to time for his rabid anti-muslim statements, also said that the Fadnavis took just 15 hours to return the amount to the Centre.
The recent statement from former union minister has brought a new twist to the Fadnavis episode in Maharashtra. Known for his controversies, Ananth Kumar Hedge is the first leader from the party to claim the Rs 40,000 crore fund cancellation.
He also accused BJP of hatching a drama to made Fadnavis the CM for such a small period of time. He stated that the party doesn’t have the required number to form the government. Despite all of this, the BJP formed the government and took away the amount from the state which was basically meant for the development of Maharashtra.
He, however, ensured that the Aditya Thackeray government could have misused the funds and failed to go for the development purposes in the state.
Accusing BJP for playing petty politics, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has termed the statement of Hedge anti-Maharashtra which has been taken due to a conspiracy.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has said that this is the treachery if an 80-hour Chief Minister had moved Rs 40,000 crore from Maharashtra to the Centre.
Devendra Fadnavis-led government took oath on November 23 at 7:30 am in a surprising way. The BJP was later forced to resign when it failed to prove the majority at the house floor after being asked by the Supreme Court for the same. With Fadnavis, NCP leader Ajit Pawar also sworn with him as his deputy, who promised to bring enough MLAs to help the BJP reach a majority.