Published On : Tue, Dec 9th, 2014

Fadnavis fires back on Shiv Sena, cautions against politicizing Mumbai’s development


The second day of assembly session brought some heated moments within the government as the fragments from fireworks go public. However the ignition come out of assembly, it is seen as the first veiled attack on BJP’s coalition partner Shiv Sena by none other than Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself.

Reverting back on Shiv Sena’s criticism of his suggestion about forming a high-level committee for development of Mumbai, Fadnavis could not take it and went on to say that the issue should not be politicized as it will defeat the purpose of city’s development.

On Tuesday, Fadnavis told the reporters outside Vidhan Bhawan in Nagpur, “I think this is just a political controversy ignited by some. Politics should not be played when we talk of Mumbai’s development. Whoever makes this issue political, is playing with the cause of Mumbai’s development.”

Saamna – a Sena mouthpiece in its editorial on Tuesday has raised an objection on Fadnavis suggesting a high-level committee for Mumbai’s development.

“…We have to ensure that the remedy does not turn out to be more dangerous than the illness itself. The Shiv Sena believes that Mumbai will not be separated from Maharashtra and the control of the city will only lie with the state government,” the editorial said.

Fadnavis said his intention was to ensure that the Centre gives its approval for development projects without making files bite dust for years.

“Whenever we start a new project, it needs to be first sent to Delhi as various laws related to CRZ, environment and eco-sensitivity prevent the state from approving projects. We have seen that there are projects lying with the Centre for 30 years, awaiting an approval.

“That is why I requested (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji, that if there is a committee under his leadership, bureaucrats will ensure speedy approvals of files,” Fadnavis said.


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