Maharashtra’s Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar is known for his outspoken ways. He has made news again by check-mating his own Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and another senior cabinet colleague, Girish Mahajan.
Mungantiwar attended an agricultural workshop last week, where he took a dig at the development backlog in Mahajan’s home district, Jalgaon. The Finance Minister reminded those present at the meet, that Mahajan was seen as the CM’s close confidant. He also named Jalgaon’s guardian minister Chandrakant Patil, who is the No. 2 after Fadnavis in the cabinet.
“With such powerful ministers representing the region, it amuses me that Jalgaon’s issues are yet to be resolved,” he said.
In June this year, Devendra Fadnavis-led government’s decision to export goats and sheep for slaughter to Saudi Arabia had angered the Jain community. Senior BJP leader Mangal Prabhat Lodha led the campaign by urging the Union government and Mr. Fadnavis to reconsider the decision.s
Jain organisations are opposing the state government’s decision as they suspect that meat-exporting companies are behind it. MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha strongly objected to the decision and even spoke to Union commerce ministers Suresh Prabhu, Nitin Gadkari and Maneka Gandhi, requesting a ban on export of livestock. Mr. Lodha met the governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Mr Fadnavis and state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, along with BJP leader Shaina NC and representatives of Jain organisations.
As per latest media reports, with Maharashtra cabinet reshuffle slated for October 10, Fadnavis will induct Malabar Hill MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha into the cabinet.
Another video which emerged on youtube yesterday shows Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari, who is also from Maharashtra, laughing away along with Nana Patekar on Colours TV.
In the undated video clip, which is purportedly part of an interview with a Marathi television channel, the former BJP president can be seen talking about the promises made by party leaders in the run up to the elections.
The translation of Gadkari’s quote in the chat show reads,
“We were very confident that we can never come to power. So our people suggested us, just to make tall promises. If we don’t come to power, we won’t be responsible anyways.”