Fadnavis moving to Modi cabinet? ‘I’m a true soldier of the party,’ he says

Ever since Manohar Parrikar stepped down as Defence Minister, speculations have been rife that Fadnavis would be elevated into the Union Cabinet.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2017 5:57 pm
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday refused to completely rule out his chances of moving to the Union Cabinet, insisting that he is a “true soldier of the party” who will listen to his party high command. Ever since Manohar Parrikar stepped down as Defence Minister, speculation has been rife that Fadnavis would be elevated to the Union Cabinet. There has, however, been no official word on the same.

Addressing the gathering on day one of the 2017 India Today Conclave, Fadnavis said,”I don’t think a CM has more power than a union minister. Whatever role we get, we have an agenda of transformation. It’s not about what role we get. Right now I’m a CM, I have a huge agenda before me. In the next two, three years I can transform Maharashtra. But I’m a true soldier of the party and whatever the party says, I’m a true soldier.”

On the local front, Fadnavis is riding high on the saffron party’s victory in the recently held civic polls.

However, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, dismissed the rumours saying nobody is moving to the capital. He said the Prime Minister along with CMs of the states are a Team India – taking India forward.

On Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led post-poll alliance led by Parrikar won the floor test in Goa with 22 MLAs standing up in the House to tilt the vote of confidence in its favour. The Congress, which had 17 MLAs before voting started, suffered an embarrassment as one of them, Viswajit Rane, abstaining from voting during the test, which ended 22-16 in favour of the new state government. Rane took the oath along with 38 other MLAs, excluding Parrikar and pro-tem speaker Siddharth Kuncalienkar, but resigned from the House soon after.

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First Published on: March 17, 2017 11:36 am
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    Rakesh Kochhar
    Mar 17, 2017 at 9:05 am
    He is doing a good job in Mumbai, let him do that efficiently. Otherwise he will do what Parrikar did .
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      ss
      Mar 17, 2017 at 8:21 am
      Modi already lost the 2019 election from the current embly election results we see. lt;br/gt;If people were supporting modis policies why did they lose Punjab(3rd place), and did even get half the seats in goa and Manipur with no pre alliances, and modi and media is thumping chests that it's an acceptance of his policies.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;so why did parikar removed from DM to become CM of a small state of goa, just because a ally asked he should be the CM, was bjp so desparate to rule goa?lt;br/gt;Truth is all these ministers are underperforming, including Jaitley, so a revamp is soon on the cards, but that will not help either.
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        ss
        Mar 17, 2017 at 8:14 am
        bunch of jokers are our central ministers under a uneducated , vision less PM.First remove the FM so the country can develop
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          SubbuI
          Mar 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm
          FADNAVIS IS ACCEPTABLE OR ANY OTHER PRACHARAK OR STAUCH RSS MEN ONLY WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ALL FUTUTR MINISTERIAL BERTHS . ABINAV BHARATH COL PROHIT WILL BE GOOD CHOICE AFTER HE GETS CLEAN CHIT FROM PARTIOTC COURTS.UNTILL THEN SLAVE JAATLY CAN MANAGE
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            G V
            Mar 17, 2017 at 10:38 am
            We need Fadnavis in Maharashtra a very important state. Mr Modi can handle defense ministry .
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              Chand
              Mar 17, 2017 at 8:36 am
              Devendra Fadnavis is among the best chief ministers in the country and his presence will be important for a prominent state like Maharashtra. He has a long career ahead of him and one can see a national leader in him.
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                ashok s
                Mar 17, 2017 at 1:49 pm
                Mr fandavis getting job in national consumer helpline jaago Grahak jaago
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                  BKA
                  Mar 17, 2017 at 9:03 am
                  Modiji is very smart and knows how to get rid of clowns and non performing ministers from center or those who are coming in HIS way
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                    Barb Dewyre
                    Mar 17, 2017 at 11:13 am
                    Can handle? He is already handling every ministry. All other ministers are figureheads who just run around carrying out Modi's bindings!
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                      bishnu
                      Mar 17, 2017 at 8:49 am
                      next defence minister congrats
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                        Ashok Amin
                        Mar 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm
                        As such Rajnath is good for defense.As such there none can replace Rajnath by his performance as home minister but Fadnvis is nearest.
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                          Ashok Amin
                          Mar 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm
                          Fadanvis is a great nationalist but he has no personality as defense minister current time defense is the most critical dept.Only Modi,Jetly or Rajnathsing can suit.
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                            Truth
                            Mar 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm
                            BJP lacks educated and experienced leaders in all the ministries -lt;br/gt;In one of the election rallies in U P, Mr. Rajnath Singh said minus and minus equals minus, and in another he said he didn't know what the waving of the white flag by the army meant ....lt;br/gt;so much from the "Home" affairs !
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                              jagdish
                              Mar 17, 2017 at 8:32 am
                              Perhaps Congress has best talent. Loss of Panjab is not attributed to BJP. Further the vote percentage of BJP is higher then Congress in both Manipur and Goa. The government of BJP is need of hour for both small state,s development and removal of corruption.
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                                vs
                                Mar 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm
                                Just count the number of embly seats BJP has won in this embly election in all the 5 states. That should answer all your questions. Goa is such a small state with just 10 lakh voters. lt;br/gt;Your point could have at least made sense if congress had got majority in these small states . That did not happen . So there are no winners. Party that forms the Govt is the winner!
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                                  Sandy
                                  Mar 17, 2017 at 9:19 am
                                  Clearly your English is quite bad. You must be a school dropout.
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                                    mort
                                    Mar 20, 2017 at 5:57 am
                                    After Vidarbha Statehood facilitation.
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                                      manish
                                      Mar 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm
                                      burnol?
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                                        Mahender Goriganti
                                        Mar 17, 2017 at 1:52 pm
                                        Modi's BJP government has transformed India completely in its thinking and functioning unlike anything before.
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                                          Mohammed Yunus
                                          Mar 17, 2017 at 9:28 am
                                          Quite possible
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                                            Mohammed Yunus
                                            Mar 17, 2017 at 9:29 am
                                            Why are you spamming everywhere?
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