Rumours leading to chaos over CAA: Fadnavis

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Former CM says rumours being spread on social media; says party needs better strategy after Jharkhand drubbing

PUNE: Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that some people are spreading rumours and are trying to create a divide in society over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on Monday. He was interacting with reporters at Patrakar Bhavan at a ‘Samvaad’ (interaction) event. Fadnavis said that while a section of the society is opposing the act, there are also people who are supporting the act. 

“Rumours are being spread on social media, which is leading to chaos. I distinctly recollect West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee opposing the influx of infiltrators in the country and now she is the one opposing the act. We assure Indian citizens that they would not be affected by the act. It is an act which provides citizenship and not the one which revokes it,” added Fadnavis. 

He clarified that the detention centre planned in Navi Mumbai is for foreigners overstaying in the state and not for illegal citizens.

During partition, it was mutually agreed by the countries that they will protect minorities but later things did not go well and countries started persecuting citizens, he said. 

Speaking on the recent farm loan waiver announcement by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis said that farmers have been duped by the government and they should dispense Rs 25,000 per hectare to cultivators for crop damage as they had promised in their manifesto.”We had not promised any loan waiver but we dispensed Rs 19,000 crore in loan waiver.” he added. 

Reacting to demand of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar who sought the formation of an SIT to re-investigate the Elgar Parishad case, Fadnavis said that it was not for the first time that activists like Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and others were arrested. 

“They were been arrested earlier too when late RR Patil was home minister. Moreover, we had received the list of banned organisations from the Congress government which had names of these individuals and now, we are being blamed for their arrest. NCP chief should have refrained from making such a statement as it would lower the morale of police force,” added Fadnavis. 

Explaining about the report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which indicted Fadnavis, for failing to submit utilisation certificates (UC) for funds amounting to Rs 65,921 crore, he said that it does so happen that some time funds are not utilised by a particular department and then the same are allocated for utilisation for next year. In such a case, there is a delay in submitting the utilisation certificates. 

Speaking on the goof-up regarding the formation of government, Fadnavis said, “One has to be ‘relevant’ in politics and so after Shiv Sena backed off, we were offered a good proposition by NCP leader Ajit Pawar which could not materialise. We did try to approach Shiv Sena, but one must also understand that we got the highest percentage of seats in Vidhan Sabha compared to other parties and it would not have appeared good if Shiv Sena would have refused to partner with us then.” 

With the loss of BJP in Jharkhand hinting at BJP losing its footprint, Fadnavis said that he would not mark the loss as a trend and pointed the need to have a better strategy to win a majority of votes.”It is not that people are not voting us. We are a party with the maximum percentage of votes when compared with other parties. However, there is a need to reach the majority figure mark and I am sure that our team in the centre is working on it.” added Fadnavis. 

Speaking on the clean chit to NCP leader Ajit Pawar in the state irrigation scam from the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Fadnavis said that affidavits by two consecutive director-generals of Maharashtra ACB will not stand in court.

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