The Congress and NCP leaders on Saturday voiced their protest against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for not attending the tea-party hosted on eve of the winter session beginning in Nagpur from Monday.
Fadnavis is leaving on Sunday to attend a meeting of all chief ministers convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The day also coincides with high-tea convened by state government ahead of winter session at Nagpur.
The former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said, “It is highly humiliating if the Chief Minister himself skips the tea session which is convened to discuss the issues with the opposition parties.”
On Sunday, Fadnavis is going to Delhi to attend a meeting of all chief ministers convened by prime minister Narendra Modi. The Chief Minister has urged his senior cabinet colleague Chandrakant Patil to take the charge during the tea session in his absence.
However, Pawar and Chavan believe the absence of the Chief Minister cannot be justified. Pawar said, “For the first time in the history of state legislature we have a chief minister who is not attending the tea party.”
Ahead of every session it is a customary for the government to convene a high-tea with the leaders of all political parties. The Chief Minister is the host for the high-tea as he heads the government.
MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre said, “This is the first session after the assembly elections and it is expected that chief minister should have been present. The chief minister should have reworked his schedule to ensure he could attend the meeting as well as tea session.”
According to BJP cabinet minister, “The opposition has the right to express their views. But the prime minister meeting was scheduled and it coincides with the tea session.” Moreover, chief minister is not escaping the opposition. He has deputed a senior cabinet minister to play the host, he added. Arguing, “PM meeting in Delhi is also important as matters of Maharashtra issues would be raised by Fadnavis.”