Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reportedly told ministers in a party meeting that their future would depend on their performance in the local bodies polls beginning October-Nov- ember 2016.
He has indirectly hinted at the possibility of a mid-term course correction in March 2017, sources said.
The meeting comes in the wake of some ministers publicly expressing their unhappiness over portfolio allocations and elected members who were left out from the Cabinet expansion privately voicing their disappointment. The meeting served as a forum to put the party in poll preparation mode.
Sources in the BJP said, “The objective of the meeting was to signal to the ministers not to take their position in the Cabinet for granted. It was conveyed that there would be continuous monitoring of individual work. If anybody was found slacking, it will not be tolerated.”
Over the last several weeks, Fadnavis has been embroiled in controversies over charges of corruption against several of his Cabinet ministers and hence Fadnavis wants to refurbish the image of his party.
The list of ministers charged with corruption runs long, beginning with Pankaja Munde, Vinod Tawde, Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar, Jaikumar Rawal, Pandurang Phundkar and former minister Eknath Khadse.
“Fadnavis has stated that the government is not going to shield any corrupt ministers. However, wild allegations levelled by the Opposition will have to be effectively countered through good governance,” sources said.
“The MLAs and the MLCs will have to rise to ensure the success of the party in the local bodies in their respective areas,” sources said.