New Delhi: After forming a government in Maharashtra, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his first visit to the national capital have no political agenda, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said on Saturday. Ekadashi coming on Sunday.
Before meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shinde and Fadnavis spoke to reporters. Coincidentally, Shinde did a lot after Fadnavis’ two-line introduction.
Answering the question of portfolio allocation, Shinde said, “Tomorrow is Ashadi Ekadashi. After that we (Shinde and Fadnavis) will meet in Mumbai and then discuss portfolio allocation.
After walking for almost a month on Ashadi Ekadashi, we have witnessed the largest gathering of devotees in Maharashtra at Pandharpur . The Chief Minister and his wife lead the main puja every year.
Asked whether the government would last for two and a half years (the term of the Assembly), Shinde said, “We will not only last the rest of the term but also win the next elections with 200 MLAs.”
Shinde declined to comment on the Shiv Sena’s move to the Supreme Court, which has challenged the formation of the government and the election of a speaker, saying, “This case is justified. I don’t want to talk about that. After all, in a democracy, numbers and majority matters. We are 164 and so we are in the majority. We have the constitution, we have the law, we have the rules. No one can go outside that window. We have established the government according to the rules, nothing is illegal and we have full faith in the judiciary.
Earlier, after landing in Delhi on Friday evening, the duo addressed President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president JP Nadda as “courtesy calls”. He will also meet Prime Minister Modi.
“The government, which is getting help from the center, is making rapid progress. Therefore, we are paying courtesy calls for the development of our state, “Shinde said, adding,” When we took the oath, the Prime Minister had promised to always stand by us for the progress of Maharashtra.
He also credited Fadnavis for launching several major ticketing projects such as the Samrudhi Highway (Expressway connecting Mumbai to Nagpur and the project connecting all routes to the eastern part of the state), Jalayukta Shivar (rainwater harvesting scheme). Taking into account the interests of the farmers, he said, “We will take forward only those projects which have lagged behind in recent times.”
Fadnavis was made big by his big-hearted party (by agreeing to become the Deputy Chief Minister) and tried to erase it by saying that his heart is big. “Also, I have become the chief minister, so I say, the chief minister is the leader, Shindeji is our leader and we will all give a successful government.”
Shinde quickly added that people always believed that the BJP was always behind the power, but “this party (Shiv Sena founder) has shown the Hindutva ideology propagated by Balasaheb Thackeray.”
Both Shinde and Fadnavis have a natural alliance and have done nothing wrong, he said.