On the eve of the first budget session of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said his party too had reservations about certain points in Mumbai’s development plan (DP).
He reiterated that his gover nment was committed to safeguarding open and green spaces in the city. The budget session, which begins on Monday, is expected to go on till the first week of April with the budget slated for March 18.
Fadnavis, who criticised the Opposition parties for their ‘illiteracy’ on the DP issue, said there was nothing strange in Shiv Sena’s disagreement on various issues as it was an independent party and deserved to have differences.
“Even the BJP has certain objections to the provisions in the DP proposed by the BMC. There are certain issues related to open spaces and the environment that cannot be compromised upon. The government is committed on environment issues,” he said.
In his bid to establish that his government was not against the minorities, Fadnavis announced the tabling of the interim report of the commission appointed to inquire into the alleged misappropriations and grabbing of properties belonging to the Wakf board. He also hinted at the involvement of leaders from the Congress-NCP government.
“The people of Maharashtra will see the true colours of the Opposition. They have been targeting us by ter ming us anti-minority, but the report will bring forth how the pieces of land at prime locations were grabbed by the leaders from the earlier government,” he said.
Fadnavis addressed the media after the customary tea party, which was boycotted by the Opposition, at the Sahyadri guesthouse on Sunday. He, however, did not come clear on Muslim reservation, which was scrapped by the government, by issuing a resolution early this week. He said his government was seeking the opinion of legal experts.
The state home department has also prepared a list of the eminent personalities, radical thinkers in the wake of the murder of CPI leader Govind Pansare. Fadnavis said this was to ensure such incidents do not take place in the future.
The chief minister admitted that his government has failed to reach the monetary relief to 30 lakh farmers. He said the relief amount would be credited to their respective accounts in the next two days.