Mumbai: The NCP on Tuesday rejected BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis’ claim that his party was not keen on forming a government in Maharashtra and accused the BJP of creating confusion among the people about the Shiv Sena-led stability.
NCP national spokesperson and state minister Nawab Malik also ridiculed Fadnavis during his briefing on how the Maharashtra government should borrow.
Malik also suggested that Fadnavis “who freed Maharashtra from debt” set up a consultancy firm more than staying in politics.
Malik’s statement comes after Fadnavis spoke to media persons about the assistance of the Maharashtra centre. Fadnavis also said that the BJP was not interested in forming a government in the state and wanted to deal with the COVID-19 crisis effectively.
The former chief minister made the remarks after some BJP leaders, including Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane, demanded imposition of President’s rule in the state in view of the government’s “failure” to handle the situation arising out of the coronovirus pandemic.
“They (the BJP) cannot claim what cannot happen. But their gossipping is going on. The entire BJP machinery is gossipping but they know they cannot succeed. They keep creating confusion,” Malik said while reacting to Fadnavis’ remarks that the BJP was not keen to form a government.
Malik also said that the MVA government is “strong and stable”.
On Fadnavis’ claim that the Center helped Maharashtra in the fight against COVID-19, Malik said that the Modi government has given only what is binding on the states.
“… And that Devendra Ji is offering some packages … During his briefing, he advised how to take a loan. Now, the person who has drowned the state in debt is giving this advice.
“So, our advice to him is he should open a consultancy (firm) on how to take loans…He will fare better in that business (of consultancy) than politics. We don’t need such advisers,” Malik said.