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Sharad Pawar reacts to Devendra Fadnavis’ comment on Chief Ministership

Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that he still feels like the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Tuesday.

“People never made me feel that I am not the chief minister. I still feel that I am chief minister as I have been roaming in the state over the last two years. The love and affection of people has not receded.,” PTI reported.

Taking a dig at the comment NCP President Sharad Pawar today said that Fadnavis lacked his trait even though he had been the CM four times.

“It’s good that the BJP leader still considers himself as the chief minister. I congratulate him. After being the chief minister for five years, Fadnavis still feels he is holding the post. I lacked this trait. I had served as chief minister (of
Maharashtra) four times. But I don’t even remember,” Pawar said.

He also referred to Fadnavis’ famous “Me Punha Yein” (I will return) slogan which had become popular before 2019
Maharashtra assembly elections.

The slogan had become a subject of ridicule and inspired many mock-filled messages and WhatsApp memes taking a dig at the BJP leader.

Fadnavis, while speaking at an event in Navi Mumbai, had said that the people of Maharashtra never made me feel that I am not the chief minister.

“I still feel that I am chief minister as I have been roaming in the state over the last two years. The love and affection of people have not receded,” he had said.

Fadnavis became the chief minister of Maharashtra after the 2014 elections and went on to complete a full term, something which no chief minister of the state had managed in the previous three decades.

After the Shiv Sena walked out of the alliance with the BJP after the 2019 polls, he forged a tie-up with a breakaway group of NCP MLAs led by Ajit Pawar and was sworn in as chief minister with Pawar as his deputy.

But this government lasted only for three days for want of the numbers and was replaced by an alliance of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, headed by Uddhav Thackeray. 

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