No love lost between CM, senior ministers?
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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