Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray taunted former CM Devendra Fadnavis over the latter’s pre-poll “Me punha yein” (I will return) assertion.
Uddhav Thackeray was speaking after Fadnavis, leader of state BJP legislature unit, was named the new Leader of Opposition in the House by Nana Patole was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
“I never said I will come back, but I came in this House,” Thackeray said during his congratulatory speech.
“I can assure this House and people of Maharashtra that I will not do anything at midnight. I will be working for the interests of the people,” he said.
Appealing to the House to minimise farmers’ woes, Thackeray said, “The aim of this government is not only to waive farmers’ loans but we also need to reduce his worries as well.”
“Those who were in opposition for several years are now with me to form the government whereas friends (BJP) have gone away to sit on opposition benches in this House,” he said.
“I will not hesitate to admit that we have been good friends for a long time. Had you listened to us, I would have been sitting at home watching today’s developments on TV,” Thackeray said.
NCP minister Jayant Patil also targeted Fadnavis.
“He (Fadnavis) said he would return, but didn’t say where he will sit (in the House),” Patil said.
“Now he has returned and is occupying this top post (of Leader of Opposition) which is of the same level as CM post,” Patil said.