Updated: December 23, 2021 8:58:05 am
A WAR of words broke out between the leaders of the state’s ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the absence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who recently underwent a medical procedure, on the first day of the Assembly’s winter session which began on Wednesday.
Thackeray recently underwent a spine surgery and is working from home. His absence in the House was questioned by BJP leaders including the party’s state president Chandrakant Patil who said the Opposition would not accept Thackeray’s absence from the entire session.
Patil said he won’t be surprised if the name of the chief minister’s wife surfaced for the top state government post.
The CM’s son, Cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray, meanwhile, said his father was in good health. “He attended the cabinet meeting this morning virtually. He will attend the legislature proceedings whenever required,” Aaditya told reporters.
Patil said, “Two year ago, Uddhav Thackeray took the charge of CM post. We will not be surprised if Rashmi Thackeray’s name surfaced for the post now.”
Reacting to the jibe, mayor Kishori Pednekar said, “Why is a senior leader like Patil stooping so low? Rashmi Thackeray has always confined herself to home. She is not in politics. What was the purpose of bringing her name? It somewhere depicts the mindset of the BJP leader. Is this how you respect women?”
The Sena leader said if Patil was “so concerned”, he should make Devendra Fadnavis’s wife, singer Amruta Fadnavis, the leader of the Opposition. “She (Amruta) has always been in limelight… Any attempt to humiliate Rashmi Thackeray will not be tolerated. On this matter, we will have to meet the PM,” Pednekar added.
Meanwhile, state Congress chief Nana Patole said, “Even PM Narendra Modi is not present in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on many occasions. If the prime minister is not in the House then his charge too should be given to another minister.”
(With PTI inputs)
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