Fadnavis slams Shiv Sena on dubbing the BJP as Maharashtra-drohi

Devendra Fadnavis-Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai : In a befitting reply to the Shiv Sena, the leader of the Opposition and the former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said the Sena is not Maharashtra and asserted that it was his party that worked towards protecting the identity of the state when it was in power for five years.

Ridiculing the Sena, the senior BJP leader said that when allegations of corruption are levelled against them (Sena), they call that person a Maharashtra- drohi. Nobody becomes Maharashtra-drohi just because someone calls that person so. He also accused the Sena of labelling those who levelled charges of corruption against it as being “Maharashtra-drohi.”

Fadnavis was replying to a query whether the Sena was painting the BJP as Maharashtra-drohi (anti-Maharashtra) in matters pertaining to Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and Shiv Sena leader Pratap Sarnaik. “It was the BJP which worked towards keeping the identity of Maharashtra intact when it was in power for five years…We made Maharashtra number one state, surpassing Gujarat in terms of investments and I am proud that I was the chief minister during the period,” he pointed out.

Lashing out at the Sena, the former chief minister said that the ruling Sena should understand one thing that they are not Maharashtra.