I hold govt’s re­mote con­trol, Fad­navis says at Sena event

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MUM­BAI: Chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis on Satur­day made it clear he was in charge of the BJP- led govern­ment in the state, when, at a func­tion to mark the 90th birth an­niver­sary of the late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thack­eray, he said he holds the “re­mote con­trol” of the state govern­ment and that min­is­ters, es­pe­cially those from the Shiv Sena, should un­der­stand this.

The CM was speak­ing at a func­tion where five schemes were launched in Bal Thack­eray’s name.

When Ud­dhav Thack­eray re­minded Fad­navis how his father would wield the re­mote dur­ing the Shiv Sena-BJP rule be­tween 1995 and 1999, Fad­navis said: “It came to Ud­dhavji by legacy and he has now given his con­sent to me to use the same. The reigns of the govern­ment are in my hands. Min­is­ters in the cab­i­net should

re­alise the fact that I op­er­ate the re­mote con­trol of the al­liance govern­ment,” Fad­navis said. He told Shiv Sena lead­ers the al­liance would com­plete its five-year term.

Fad­navis’ re­marks are the lat­est in a se­ries of ex­changes be­tween the rul­ing al­lies, at log­ger­heads over sev­eral is­sues ever since they formed govern­ment more than a year ago.

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CM Deven­dra Fad­navis and Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray dur­ing a func­tion on Satur­day.

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