A statement by BJP leader Anant Kumar Hegde has created a stir in Maharashtra’s politics. Hegde has made a different claim about Devendra Fadnavis becoming CM for 80 hours. He says that Fadnavis had sworn in as CM for the sake of saving 40 thousand crore of the central government.
Speaking in Uttara Kannada, Anant Hegde said, ‘You all know our man became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for 80 hours, after which Fadnavis resigned. Why did they do this drama? Did he not know that he did not have a majority, yet he became the Chief Minister. This is the question that everyone is asking.
Anant Kumar Hegde further said, ‘The Center had 40 thousand crore rupees under the control of the Chief Minister. He knew that if the Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena governments come to power, they will misuse the money instead of development. Because of this, it was decided to do this entire drama. Fadnavis became the Chief Minister and in 15 hours, 40 thousand crore rupees were returned to the Center.
Fadnavis rejected Hegde’s claim. Devendra Fadnavis has rejected Hegde’s statement outright. Former Chief Minister Fadnavis said, “This statement is false. I reject it outright, the role of the Maharashtra government in the bullet train is to help the center. The Maharashtra government is limited to land acquisition only.”
Neither the Center demanded any money from Maharashtra nor the Center to Maharashtra. I have not taken any such decision while my Chief Minister is there or taking caretaker Chief Minister. The government’s finance department should investigate this and bring the truth to the public.