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Make Pankaja Munde CM for an hour: Shiv Sena’s dig at Fadnavis on Maratha reservation

If Pankaja Munde can take a decision on the Maratha reservation, then she should be unanimously made the chief minister for an hour so that the reservation file is cleared, the Shiv Sena says.

mumbai Updated: Jul 28, 2018 16:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Filephoto of BJP MLA Pankaja Munde. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

In a dig at Maharahstra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Shiv Sena on Saturday asked him to give his post to his junior minister, Pankaja Munde, for an hour so that she could approve the contentious Maratha reservation proposal.

The Sena’s jibe comes ahead of an all-party meeting on the issue and after Munde, who is the state minister for rural development, and women and child welfare, took a swipe at Fadnavis while speaking to Maratha protesters at Parli in Beed district earlier in the week.

“Had the file of Maratha reservation been on my table, I would not have delayed it even for a moment.” she had said.

Responding to this, Sena in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, asked why Fadnavis couldn’t do what Pankaja Munde could.

“If Pankaja Munde can take a decision on the Maratha reservation, then she should be unanimously made the chief minister for an hour so that the reservation file is cleared,” it said.

The Sena said that Munde said that she is ready to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the reservation issue.

“Then why doesn’t chief minister Fadnavis go to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and resolve the issue,” the editorial asked.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena also attacked Modi, saying he is often out of the country and “has no interest left in the issues of the country”.

In the all-party meeting of group leaders on Saturday, the Sena is likely to corner the government over the reservation issue.

The editorial said that the issue is giving “sleepless” nights to Fadnavis.

“Revenue minister Chandrakant Patil said that the chief minister works till the wee hours. It may be true because if he blinks, then Pankaja Munde will sign on the reservation file,” it said in another jibe, adding that Fadnavis should “search the file and take the demands of the Maratha community ahead”.

First Published: Jul 28, 2018 16:42 IST