Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis mocks Uddhav Thackeray, invokes Bihar’s Patna analogy

By: | Published: February 9, 2017 10:40 AM

Devendra Fadnavis compared Mumbai with Patna and pointed out that these two cities got last ranking in transparency and accountability in civic bodies which is embarrassing.

Devendra Fadnavis, Fadnavis, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, CM fadnavis, BMC, Uddhav Thackeray Devendra Fadnavis didn?t hold his words back and further attacked Shiv Sena on poor governance in BMC. (Source: PTI)

In an attempt to bring down Shiv Sena and its leader Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ended up invoking Nitish Kumar governed state Bihar. While addressing a public rally at Mulund in the eastern suburbs on he said in last 19 years while ruling Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Shiv Sena has brought Mumbai at par with Patna and also questioned the transparency and accountability of the party.

He said, “Look at the development index of Sena’s administration in the BMC. It has brought it down at par with Patna.” Fadnavis didn’t hold his words back and further attacked Shiv Sena on poor governance in BMC. “It cleverly manipulated the Centre’s (economic survey) report to highlight half-truths. While Thiruvananthapuram ranked top with 7.5 per cent in transparency and efficiency, Bengaluru 3.9 per cent and Hyderabad 3 per cent, Mumbai and Patna were at the bottom with 2.1 per cent,” he said.

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He compared Mumbai with Patna and pointed out that these two cities got last ranking in transparency and accountability in civic bodies which is embarrassing. Fadnavis held Uddhav Thackeray responsible for this condition by saying, “Mumbai and Patna were the only two cities that got last ranking in category of transparency and accountability in the civic bodies. Uddhavji would have avoided such embarrassment had he read the entire survey report or at least kept some good advisers in the party.”

He was also shocked that no audit report was done in last seven years. He said, “What is most shocking is, there was no audit report done for the last seven years in the BMC. There is no assessment on where and how the mammoth money allocated in the BMC was spend, nor documents on what was the outcome of the work.” After this, Fadnavis addressed his second rally at Jogeshwari in the western suburbs.

Interestingly, Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal broke its 17-year-old alliance with BJP in 2014 when Narendra Modi was elevated as the Prime Ministerial candidate. We wonder what Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has to say about the latest comments from the BJP leader, Fadnavis.

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