Mumbai: Maharashtra BJP Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that he never felt that he is no longer chief minister of the state because of people’s love.
“People never made me feel that I am not the chief minister. I still feel that I am chief minister as I have been roaming in the state over the last two years. The love and affection of people have not receded,” the former chief minister said while speaking at a public event in Navi Mumbai.
“I have not just sat at home. I am serving people and doing well as the leader of the opposition (in the Assembly),” he added, as reported by PTI.
Reacting to Fadnavis’ this statement, state Congress spokesperson Atul Londhe said he should accept that people have ‘rejected’ him and his party.
“Fadnavis seems to be still attached to the chief minister’s post. He is still dreaming of the post. He needs to wake up from that dream soon. He must accept that he is still the leader of the opposition. People have rejected him and his party,” the Congress leader said.
Maharashtra minister and NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik also took a swipe at Fadnavis and said, “It has been more than 22 months now. I think Fadnavis should come out of that mentality. And the post of leader of the opposition is no less than that of CM. Now he should at least come out of the role of the chief minister and assume the role of leader of the opposition. People can be served through that way too.”
Fadnavis served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from October 2014 to November 2019. He was the first CM of the state to complete a full term in the previous three decades.
After the 2019 polls, Fadnavis joined hands with Ajit Pawar-led NCP and was sworn in as Maharashtra chief minister with Pawar as his deputy.
However, after three days he resigned from the post after Pawar quit as his deputy and Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress joined hands to form government in the state.