In a shocking confession on the political drama that unfolded in Maharashtra last month, BJP MP Ananth Hegde has now said that Devendra Fadnavis had made the chief minister of the state, despite not having a majority, to move back funds worth Rs 40,000 crore to the Centre, so that it isn’t “misused”.
BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde on Monday claimed that Devendra Fadnavis was sworn-in as Maharashtra CM for 80 hours as part of a "drama" to divert ₹40,000 crores to the Centre. "Fadnavis knew Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena government would misuse the funds meant for development," he added.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut tweeted on Hegde’s statement, saying it amounted to “treachery” with the state. Denying the allegation, Fadnavis said, "No such decision had taken by me as CM."
In a proverbial bolt from the blue, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Maharashtra CM on 23 November and NCP’s Ajit Pawar as his deputy, even as Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress were in an advanced stage of talks on forming the government.