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We are a combination without challenge, says Fadnavis on CM, Ajit Pawar and his alliance

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SHIRDI, Aug 17 (PTI): Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said chief
minister Eknath Shinde, deputy CM Ajit Pawar and he were a combination that has no challenge due
to their “working style”.
He also took a swipe at Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar after the latter claimed Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that he would be back to unfurl the Tricolour at the Red Fort
next year (on Independence Day) was inspired from Fadnavis, who had routinely said during the
2019 Assembly poll campaign that he would be back (mi punha yael).
Fadnavis said the PM would address the nation from the Red Fort on Independence Day next year as
the entire country was standing with the latter who was working tirelessly for its citizens.
Speaking at a ‘shasan aplya daari’ (government at your doorstep) programme in Shirdi, Fadnavis
said, “We three have come together. You know about the working style of Shindeji and you are also
aware of me and Ajit dada. We three coming together is a combination which has no challenge.”
Without taking the name of Sharad Pawar, Fadnavis retorted, “Last time, I said ‘mi punha yael’ (I will
be back) and I can see the terror of that statement is still there. Some people are still in terror. I
would like to tell him one thing that when I said ‘mi punha yael’, people actually brought me back
but some persons betrayed us.”
In an apparent reference to the split in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena after the rebellion by
Eknath Shinde, who went on to become CM, Fadnavis said “those who betrayed us we brought their
party along with us”.
“There is no reason to doubt that the people will stand with Modiji, who has taken India to new
heights and has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the country. He will once again address the
country from the Red Fort on August 15 next year,” the senior BJP leader asserted.
Quoting Ajit Pawar, who was also present at the event, Fadnavis brushed aside the opposition
parties coming together to form an anti-BJP alliance by calling them “khichdi” that was not worth
paying attention to.
He said the opposition parties will continue to talk while the state government will work
transparently and tirelessly to bring about change and betterment in the lives of people.
Speaking at the event, CM Shinde said the opposition parties can continue to indulge in politics while
his government will answer all allegations through its work.
Ridiculing frequent statements from opposition parties that his government would fall or his chief
ministership would go, Shinde said the ruling dispensation had got stronger with Ajit Pawar joining
it.
With Ajit Pawar joining it, his government was a triple engine one and it was ensuring Maharashtra
was progressing quickly, Shinde asserted.
As long as the blessings of the people are with the government, nothing will happen to the ruling
dispensation, the CM added.

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