Maharashtra Politics: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis is in discussions ever since he got the post of Deputy Chief Minister instead of Chief Minister of Maharashtra. According to PTI, a party source told here that Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will not attend the BJP’s national executive meeting in Hyderabad.
He was also absent on Friday at a function organized at the Maharashtra state BJP headquarters. The event at the party office in south Mumbai was celebrated to celebrate the return to power in Maharashtra after two and a half years after the fall of the Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government.
Fadnavis had earlier on Thursday announced that he would not be a part of the new Eknath Shinde-led government, but later took oath as the deputy chief minister. However, did not attend the party function.
According to news agency PTI, a close aide of the former chief minister said that he is busy holding meetings at his residence ahead of the two-day special session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from July 3.
Why will Fadnavis notjoin the party’s national executive?
When asked whether Fadnavis would join the party’s national executive starting Saturday in Hyderabad? A BJP functionary said,”He has spoken to our national leaders and informed them about the situation here. He will not attend the Hyderabad meeting, as the dates of the meeting are overlapping with those of the assembly session.”
Sources said he will address a meeting of BJP MLAs at a hotel here on Friday evening.
It was expected that Fadnavis, who played a key role in engineering the split in the Shiv Sena, would again become the chief minister, which led to the collapse of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government.
But on Thursday evening, he announced at a press conference after meeting the governor that the rebel Shiv Sena leader Shinde would be the next chief minister, while he himself would not be part of the government. BJP is the largest party in the Legislative Assembly.
Meanwhile, BJP President JP Nadda told that Fadnavis was asked to accept the post of Deputy CM. Shinde was a minister from 2014 to 2019 when Fadnavis headed the BJP-Shiv Sena government in the state.