Devendra Fadnavis sworn-in to protect ₹40,000 crore, claims BJP MP Anant Hegde

Hegde said that the BJP had “staged a drama” to save the funds and it took “15 hours” for Fadnavis to make sure that the money was returned to the centre

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Anant Kumar Hegde has made sensational claims revealing the reasons behind Devendra Fadnavis’ shortest term as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Fadnavis had resigned from his post in just three days citing that they (BJP) don’t have the numbers to prove majority.

In a huge embarrassment for his party,  Hegde stated that the surprise take-over by Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Minister was to prevent central funds worth ₹40,000 crores from being misused.

Hegde, who is an MP from Karnataka, further narrated that these funds would have been used by Shiv Sena-led opposition alliance in Maharashtra. 

The Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena had decided to form the government together. However, early morning on November 23, Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister.

Hegde was addressing a rally on Thursday in Yallapor of Uttara Kannada constituency. During his address, Hegde said that the BJP had “staged a drama” to save the funds and it took “15 hours” for Fadnavis to make sure that the money was returned to the centre. 

The controversial Karnataka MP asserted that these funds would not have gone for development by the Shiv Sena-led government and would have been misused.

This was all planned earlier. A big drama was necessary to keep the funds safe. More than 40,000 crores was returned to the centre,” said BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde.

Reacting to this, the sources close to the former Maharashtra Chief Minister informed that Hegde’s remarks were based on a WhatsApp forward. The sources further informed that the only decision taken during this course of time was to release the aid for farmers.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also slammed the BJP saying that their “anti-Maharashtra face has been unmasked”. Senior Congress leader Mallikarujun Kharge said that he will consult a Maharashtra cabinet minister to verify the remarks made by Hegde.


Fadnavis denies

Meanwhile, Devendra Fadnavis has denied the allegations made by BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde. Reacting to Hegde’s remarks, Fadnavis said that he took no major policy decision apart from granting aid worth ₹5,380 crores to farmers affected due to untimely rains in Maharashtra.

Devendra Fadnavis became the first Chief Minister in the history of Maharashtra to serve only for 3 days after he resigned from his post on November 26. Fadnavis was sworn-in early morning on November 23 as Maharashtra CM which was the day after Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi was set to form the government. 



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