In a scathing attack, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis blasted Uddhav Thackeray, leader of the Shiv Sena (UBT). Replying to Thackeray’s jibe that he was an ineffective Home Minister in his Nagpur style, Fadnavis declared himself “Kartoos (gun cartridge), jo jhukega nahi, ghusega (who will not bend, but hit from the front).”
Speaking at the Savarkar Gaurav Yatra’s culmination in Nagpur, the Deputy Chief Minister made it abundantly clear that he had no respect for those who insulted freedom fighter, Veer Savarkar. He also challenged Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi to stay one day in Andaman Cellular Jail, where Savarkar was once detained.
Fadnavis did not mince words in his response to Thackeray, letting him know that he was not one to take insults lightly. He also took a swipe at the Shiv Sena leader, saying it was hypocritical of him to sit in the lap of Congress, a party that had insulted Savarkar in the past.
Furthermore, Fadnavis brought up the tenure of former Chief Minister, whose administration was known for police extortion and the scandal involving Sachin Vaze. He accused the Thackeray of not taking action against the concerned ministers, and declared that if he opened his mouth, they would be in big trouble.
Despite the heated rhetoric, Fadnavis made it known that he would treat anyone who participated in wrong-doings impartially. While he was in the office of Chief Minister, he had kept the Home Minister’s charge for five years.
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Devendra Fadnavis is an Indian politician who has served as the 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 2014-2019. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and currently serves as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Fadnavis has served terms in both the state legislature and the Lok Sabha. He is also known for his persistent focus on development issues. He is credited with the implementation of several projects such as the Mumbai-Nagpur expressway and the Shiv Sena-BJP government’s welfare projects.