As the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra turned a year old, former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched a scathing attack at the Shiv Sena led administration. A day earlier, Fadnavis had taken to Twitter citing recent Supreme Court and Bombay High Court judgements to say that this should be an "eye opener" for government and help it realise that "they cannot suppress and silence every voice raised against them".
In a press conference on Saturday, the former Chief Minister continued where he had left off, urging the state government to cease from making personal attacks or threats, and accusing it of ignoring the plight farmers in the state and failing on the Maratha reservation issue.
"The Thackeray government has failed in providing financial assistance to farmers. The government has completely ignored their plight. Cotton, soybean crops got destroyed due to pest attack, but no help was provided to farmers," Fadnavis said in a press conference. "This government has miserably failed in Maratha reservation as well," he alleged.
Fadnavis accused the MVA government of making personal attacks, adding that this was not something the BJP indulged in. The BJP leader said that he had not seen any chief minister in Maharashtra, other than Uddhav Thackeray, who threatened the opposition "so much", and said his recent interview to 'Saamana' (Shiv Sena mouthpiece) did not befit the constitutional post he held.
“We have never made personal attacks. if we are talking about personal attacks, Shiv Sena leaders have attacked my wife but I have never made a fuss over it,” Fadnavis said.
Over the last year, Amruta Fadnavis has had several critical exchanges online with political leaders affiliated with the MVA. Most recently, she had sparred on Twitter with Sena Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi over the decision of the Mumbai police to transfer salary accounts from Axis Bank to HDFC Bank.
Chaturvedi took to Twitter reiterating the decision and stating that it was much needed "considering how arbitrarily the bank was chosen". Amruta who is the vice-president and corporate head (West India) of Axis Bank appeared to be miffed over the comment, emphasising that Axis was not her "family bank".
And thus began a war of words. Incidentally, this is not the only exchange that the two have had over the last year.
In another tweet war dating all the way back to December 2019, Chaturvedi had taken a jibe at Amruta's musical career.