Having a bad leader not Maharashtra's fault, being with one is: Amruta Fadnavis

Updated: 29 December, 2019 14:37 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

The comment is the latest among the cryptic series of tweets Amruta Fadnavis has been posting against the Shiv Sena, earlier a BJP ally that joined hands with the opposition while taking charge of the government last month

Amruta Fadnavis. Picture/Instagram
Amruta Fadnavis. Picture/Instagram

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta Fadnavis has yet again made a cryptic comment targeting the Shiv Sena, saying that having a bad leader is not the state’s fault, but "staying with one is."

The comment, embedded with an article by a national daily, is the latest among the cryptic series of tweets Fadnavis has been posting against the ruling party, earlier a BJP ally that joined hands with the opposition while taking charge of the government last month. The tweet has come a week after after she attacked chief minister Uddhav Thackeray while responding to her husband's tweet to condemn Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's remark on Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar.

Her comments came days after the Shiv Sena-ruled Thane Municipal Corporation decided to shift its salary accounts from Axis Bank, where Amruta Fadnavis holds a senior position, to a nationalised bank.

In her tweet, Amruta Fadnavis also tagged a news report in which she said that she won't back down in her criticism of the Sena-led government. "The accounts were bagged by Axis bank much before I married Devendra during the tenure of the Congress-NCP regime. Private banks are also Indian banks and provide superior technological services. The government should think rationally. By doing this(shifting the accounts), they (the government) are trying to target Devendra and me," she told a national daily, reported PTI.

"Devendra never targeted people. This is against freedom of speech and both I and Devendra will not be silenced. If I feel there is something wrong or some decision impacts the people wrongly, then I will raise the issue," she further told the newspaper.

Shiv Sena deputy leader Priyanka Chaturvedi has now hit back at Fadnavis' tweet, where she saying that it is surprising that she calls it a vendetta. "Surprised that she is calling it vendetta because if it were,she agrees that the fmr CM favoured moving accounts to Axis Bank as she was employed there. If decision to move accounts was business as usual with zilch involvement of her&fmr CM then where is the question of targeting? (sic)" she said in a series of tweets.

There have also been reports that Axis bank may lose Maharashtra police departments salary accounts, worth Rs 11,000 crore annually, with the Uddhav Thackeray-led regime mulling to transfer them to a public sector bank.

(With inputs from PTI)

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First Published: 29 December, 2019 11:38 IST

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