Former Union Minister and BJP leader from Karnataka, Anant Kumar Hegde claimed on Monday that former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was state’s CM for 80 hours to divert Rs 40,000 crore central funds.
“You all know our man in Maharashtra became CM for 80 hours. Then, Fadnavis resigned. Why did he do this drama? Didn’t we know that we don’t have the majority and yet he became CM? This is the question everyone is asking,” Hedge said.
Hegde continued ”A CM has access to around Rs 40,000 Cr from Centre. He knew if Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena govt comes to power it would misuse funds meant for development. So it was decided that there should be a drama. Fadnavis became CM and in 15 hrs he moved Rs40,000 Cr back to Centre.”
Meanwhile, Devendra Fadnavis rejected Hegde’s claim to state that no such money was returned to the union government either as chief minister or as caretaker.
Devendra Fadnavis was sworn-in Maharashtra CM on November 23 along with the support of NCP’s Ajit Pawar. Fadnavis becoming the chief minister was widely termed a “coup”.
However, Fadnavis was forced to resign after Ajit Pawar stepped down.
After Fadnavis’ resignation, the three-party alliance of Sena, NCP and Congress, known as Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) staked claim to form a government in the state. Sena president Uddhav Thackeray took oath as chief minister and also passed the floor test in the assembly on Saturday with the support of 169 MLAs.