July 12, 2015 2:29:13 am
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday reminded the BJP’s alliance partner, Shiv Sena, to adhere to the principles of coalition dharma to ensure smooth working of the government in Maharashtra ahead of the stormy monsoon session beginning from Monday.
The chief minister said, “If one side goes on challenging the dharma how long can the other side show restraint in responding.” However, he dismissed the verbal barbs between the two alliance partners leading to any serious differences within the government. In an exclusive interview to Indian Express, Fadnavis said, “Notwithstanding, the political noises outside I would like to state with absolute certainty that my government is here to complete its full five year tenure. I have faced no problems working with the Shiv Sena cabinet ministers whose role in policy making cannot be overlooked. We share an excellent rapport.”
While dismissing any problems within the coalition that would mar the unity of the government he said, “ Prime Minister Narendra Modi is doing a great job. And Shiv Sena ministers are also very much part of the government at the Centre.” So the criticism cannot be justified, he said while adding, “ After all you cannot have a cake and eat it too.”
A series of alleged scams involving a few of his ministers coupled with constant criticism by the Shiv Sena and a united Congress and NCP opposition pose a major challenge to the government this session.
“Yes, I am all set to face the challenges ahead,”. Adding, “ There would be no compromise on principles of governance or politics.” I am confident because my government is accountable to the 11.25 crore people of Maharashtra, he said sending out a loud and clear message to both ruling as well as opposition parties in state.
Responding to the alleged scams and charges of irregularities landing senior cabinet ministers for education Vinod Tawde and rural development minister Pankaja Munde in trouble, Fadnavis said, “ The facts are deliberately distorted and presented as violations or irregularities. I would like to state none of the ministers are facing any scams.” Yet, if there is any merit in any of the cases I would assure there would be thorough investigation, he assured, adding, “Our ministers have not done anything wrong. They adhered to the same guidelines laid down by Congress-NCP government I awarding the rate of contract. Nor is there any substance in charges against education minister.”
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