The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra will have a tough task in running the state because of the acute financial crisis, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Wednesday.
The CM was speaking at the launch of BJP's membership drive on Wednesday at the party office in Dadar. He said his government will have to take few tough decisions to curtail the expenditure and increase the state revenue. He urged the party workers to explain to the public the purpose behind such 'tough decisions'.
"The earlier governments have created a mess and we need to clear that first. The poor condition of the state coffers may not allow us to go ahead fast because the state has a debt of Rs 3 lakh crore. If we were to carry forward old schemes, we will need to borrow Rs 26 lakh crore more," the CM told party workers.
Fadnavis added that the workers would have to face the ire of the people till the financial situation of the state gets back to normal. "Trust me, we will improve the state. But it will take some time to get the system back in place," he said.
The CM said his government has managed to improve power generation by seeking more coal from the Centre.
Fadnavis assured to tackle a drought-like situation in association with the Centre. "The Narendra Modi government is standing strong with us to help us in any crisis. We will continue to fight and not crib about everything."
The CM said the BKP had managed to score well in the recent assembly polls without the Shiv Sena because of groundwork at the grassroot level. "Since the last 2 years we had been doing strong groundwork at the booth level in the state. This is the reason we were able to beat our opponents even though it was an overnight decision to fight the polls alone," he said.
Bollywood composer Anu Malik, gazal maestro Pinak Masani, actor Sandip Kulkarni and art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai joined the BJP as primary members.