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Nothing wrong in seeking help from centre: CM Uddhav Thackeray tells Fadnavis

The Chief Minister’s remarks come after Fadnavis accused the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of shifting its responsibility to the centre.

Nothing wrong in seeking help from centre: CM Uddhav Thackeray tells Fadnavis
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that Devendra Fadnavis should visit Delhi so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could step out of his house. He also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should stop playing politics over the huge damages caused by the heavy rainfall. 

The Chief Minister’s remarks come after Fadnavis accused the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of shifting its responsibility to the centre. Fadnavis, leader of opposition in Maharashtra legislative assembly, questioned the working of Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar. 

The torrential downpour in western and central Maharashtra has resulted in floods, landslides and severe water-logging in many low-lying areas. While at least 48 people have lost their lives, over 7 lakh hectares of crops such as cotton, sugarcane, pomegranate etc. have been damaged.

Both Thackeray and Fadnavis began their tours of the flood-hit areas of Marathawada and western Maharashtra. Thackeray visited Solapur while Fadnavis started his tour from Baramati and visited areas around Pune district. Pawar also toured the flood-affected areas to take stock of the situation. 

Reacting to Fadnavis’ criticism, Thackeray said that he spoke to PM Modi on Friday and got assurance that the centre would provide the necessary help. The Chief Minister said that there was nothing wrong in seeking help from the centre. 

“I spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and he assured me that the state will get the required assistance from the centre. If the state government seeks help, where is the problem? Modi government at the centre is the government of the country, not a foreign government. It is the responsibility of the centre to help all states without any biases,” Thackeray said. 

He further said that the state government wouldn’t have required help if it had got its GST dues on time from the centre. The Chief Minister attacked Fadnavis who has been appointed as the election in-charge for Bihar assembly polls saying that all should come together to seek relief for the flood-affected farmers in Maharashtra. 

“Focus on your state rather than regularly visiting Bihar. Let it be known that you are the LoP in Maharashtra,” Thackeray slammed Fadnavis. 

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