A fortnight after BJP and Shiv Sena has displayed its smooth functioning in the government ignoring the advances from the NCP, Sharad Pawar dashed an angry letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Pawar who was hospitalised for hip replacement has questioned Fadnavis over the decision to form a PM committee for development of Mumbai dismissing it as not “undesirable” and “impractical”.
Displaying his characteristic pin pricks, Pawar throughout the seven pages letter appears to create a wedge between the excellent equations between CM and PM. And not stopping there, Pawar has minced no words to undermine CM for what he termed passing on state’s responsibility to Centre.
Pawar terms it as an “inexplicable aberation” to suggest a PM committee for development of Mumbai alone.
“The statement could have been ignored had it ended there, but during the Nagpur session, CM has defended the action in the house. The terms and references remains unexplained. What will be the equations and role vis a vis BMC,” wrote Pawar.
Pawar mentioning BMC is a clever ploy to provoke Shiv Sena against the BMC as it controls the body. Political observers admit, “NCP is extremely restless as Fadnavis government has taken hard decisions on sugar sector, dairy, ordered investigation against NCP ministers in corruption cases.”
The former union minister argues, “Lack of transparence is one of the CM’s first major administrative decision and raises a question mark.”
The impact making decision should have been discussed in state cabinet and he should have taken PM’s prior permission.
According to Pawar, “Mumbai has been governed by local body over the years, no reason to think that the state government or local body have stood in the way of the city’s development. At no time was the union government or the prime minister needed to address the city’s problems.”
Asserting, “The development of state is cabinet’s responsibilities and they cannot side step nor be untrue to the oath of office.” And that to suggest there are no thinkers or planner or visionaries to solve development issues is an insult to all of Maharashtra, said Pawar in the letter to Modi.
Sharpening his attack, Pawar wondered why only Mumbai was highlighted when PM’s responsibility is for entire nation. Why not Chennai? Or even Gandhi Nagar? Or Shillong?
Pawar asks, “Is the CM going to divest himself of all responsibilities for the capital city and what will be the sentiment of people if the views are at variance between cabinet and PM committee.” On whose side CM will stand — PM or people?
According to Pawar, “Fadnavis was playing politics of Mumbai keeping in mind the BMC elections in 2017.”
Not stopping there Pawar also appears to be playing one state against another when he states in the letter, “There are certain issues on which Maharashtra and Gujarat differ in opinion and interest. In such situation, any proposal suggested by CM Fadnavis will create misunderstanding between people of two states.”
Pawar has also ensured the letter was sent to union ministers namely Arun Jaitely, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh.
According to a BJP minister, “If a senior and respected leader like Pawar is indulging in such level of politics it exposes NCP. The state knows we have an excellent CM who is committed to welfare of Maharashtra.”
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