No love lost be­tween CM, se­nior min­is­ters?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The hasty with­drawal of the draft ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy sug­ges­tions by chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis on Thurs­day — an in­di­rect snub to his ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Vinod Tawde — has once again raised ques­tions in po­lit­i­cal cir­cles about an on­go­ing silent tus­sle in the Fadnavis-led gov­ern­ment.

Fadnavis, one of the state’s youngest chief min­is­ters, who is seen to enjoy man­date from the party’s se­nior brass, has in the re­cent past been pit­ted against his se­nior min­is­ters.

His de­ci­sion to scrap the draft ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy sug­ges­tions — panned by ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts and stake­hold­ers — in the ab­sence of Tawde and al­legedly with­out discussing the is­sue with him, is the lat­est such in­ci­dent. What made mat­ters worse is that the de­ci­sion was an­nounced by Op­po­si­tion MLC Kapil Patil, who had gone to meet the chief min­is­ter to com­plain against the draft and the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter. A miffed Tawde, who is abroad on hol­i­day, is­sued a clar­i­fi­ca­tion late in the evening point­ing out that the sug­ges­tions put on the web­site were nei­ther his nor the depart­ment’s, but they were col­lated fol­low­ing a se­ries of in­ter­ac­tions with ex­perts and stake­hold­ers from nearly all dis­tricts of the state for the na­tional ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy.

Fadnavis and Tawde, both young turks in the BJP, are seen as po­lit­i­cal ri­vals, but so far they have not had a pub­lic fall­ing out on any is­sue.

“The Fadnavis-led gov­ern­ment has a hand­ful of in­flu­en­tial or per­form­ing min­is­ters, but there is no love lost be­tween them and Fadnavis as they have all been chief min­is­ter as­pi­rants. Fadnavis largely runs a solo show in the gov­ern­ment and even out­side of late while han­dling re­la­tions with ally, Sena,’’ said a se­nior BJP leader, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

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