Mumbai: Brimming with confidence after winning the much-anticipated floor test, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday made it official that the BJP and especially his now deputy Devendra Fadnavis played a crucial role in the “uprising” against Shiv Sena leadership.
As his group MLAs were camping in Guwahati, there were reports that Shinde had held a secret meeting with Fadnavis after reaching Gujarat from Guwahati.
The reports claimed that before dawn, Shinde came back to the Guwahati hotel, where he was camping with 40 MLAs who turned against the MVA government in Maharashtra.
“Our numbers were less (than BJP's) but PM Narendra Modi blessed us. Modi saheb told me before the swearing in that he will extend all possible help to me. Amit Shah saheb said he will stand behind us like a rock,” Shinde said.
But the biggest kalakar (artist) is this one, Shinde said, pointing to Fadnavis.
“We used to meet while my group MLAs were asleep and return (to Guwahati) before they woke up,” he revealed.
However, Fadnavis was visibly embarrassed to see the not so well-kept secret of their parleys come out in the open.