Fadnavis refutes allegations about PM Modi denigrating Oppn during foreign tours

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 20, 2015 21:48 IST

The Congress-led previous UPA government itself maligned its reputation and that to an extent from where no further denigration can be done, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said as he sought to refute allegations of opposition charging the Prime Minister with attacking it during foreign tours.

"The previous government was involved in a number of scams like the 2G, 3G and CWG. They have themselves maligned their image due to all this. Nobody else can malign their name any more than what they have themselves done," said Fadnavis, who was part of the prime minister's entourage during his recent three-nation foreign trip.

During an informal interaction with reporters in Mumbai, Fadnavis praised PM Narendra Modi for creating investment sentiment while on foreign tours.

"People keep asking what does Modi bring when he visits foreign countries. Today, whenever Modi goes to a foreign country, he creates an investment sentiment there. Big companies want to invest here and be a part of this positive environment," he said.

The chief minister also said BJP's relation with its ally Shiv Sena is "strong" and that all decisions were taken with mutual consent.

"I have not read the Saamna newspaper article," Fadnavis said, when asked if the Sena is right about questioning India's credit of $1 billion to Mongolia at a time when farmers seek monetary help from the government.

Fadnavis said the Maharashtra state government will not interfere in the anti-corruption bureau's (ACB) probe against key Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders' alleged irregularities in irrigation projects and assured that the case would be taken to its logical end.

He said criminal action would be taken against companies distributing milk if they purchase it from farmers at a rate less than what has been fixed by the government.

"Our law and judiciary department is looking at legal options available to us. One thing is sure. The government will be very strict on this issue," Fadnavis said.

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