Mumbai : Targetting the BJP and particularly the former chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the NCP spokesman, Nawab Malik on Monday said that Modi should resign if there is truth in BJP MP Ananthkumar Hedge’s claim that Fadnavis was made CM last month despite lacking majority only to ‘protect’ Rs 40,000-crore central funds from being ‘misused.’
Former Union minister Hedge, known for making controversial statements, on Saturday sought to give a new twist to the last month’s political drama in Maharashtra, claiming it was played out to ensure that the funds meant for development works were ‘protected’.
Reacting to the statement of Hedge, the NCP spokesperson Malik said, “It is impossible for the state government to return Rs 40,000 crore to the Centre. If at all it is true, then Prime Minister Modi will have to step down from his post. He will have to submit his resignation.”
According to him, it is not an injustice to just Maharashtra but to other states as well.
People from states like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala will not tolerate such injustice, the NCP leader said. The Karnataka BJP leader and former union minister Hedge claimed that Fadnavis was made chief minister of Maharashtra last month for 80-hours despite lacking majority only to ‘protect’ Rs 40,000 crore central funds for Bullet Train project under the CM’s control from being ‘misused’.
On the other hand, Fadnavis has refuted the claims made by his party colleague. He added that in the bullet train project the state government’s role is limited to land acquisition and it requires hardly Rs 2,000-3,000-crore.