17 minutes agoAuthor: Ashish Rai
It has been 25 days since Eknath Shinde became CM and Devendra Fadnavis as Deputy CM but the cabinet is yet to be expanded in the state. The opposition blames this on the central government. He says no decision is being taken in Maharashtra without Delhi’s green signal.
After coming to power, Fadnavis and Shinde have held three cabinet meetings and most of the decisions taken in these are reflected in the BJP central leadership. In this situation, the question arises whether the Maharashtra government is now leaving from Delhi? We tell you about 8 such decisions of the Maharashtra government in which Delhi’s interference is visible.
Centre’s impression on these 8 decisions of the Shinde government
1. Bullet train project: This was the Centre’s most ambitious project, which was put on hold by Uddhav Thackeray as soon as the Maha Vikas Aghadi government was formed. After coming to power, Eknath Shinde has again given impetus to this project. National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited has floated tenders for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail circuit with the aim of constructing a metro station at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).
2. Metro car cover project: Within 24 hours of the formation of the Uddhav government, the Mumbai Metro-3 car shed that was being built in Aarey Colony was shifted to Kanjurmarg. The Center claimed the land at Kanjurmarg where this project was to be built and the matter went to court. Its construction was stopped for two and a half years and now as soon as the new government was formed, this project was moved back to the Aarey forest site and the center land is free again.
3. Cover to touch the phone: The Maharashtra government has ordered the alleged wiretapping case involving IPS Rashmi Shukla to be handed over to the CBI. Shukla is alleged to have tapped the phones of many opposition leaders in 2019. She was the head of the State Intelligence Department (SID) at the time. Devendra Fadnavis handed over a copy of the recording made by Shukla to the Union Home Ministry. It is now said that only at the behest of the Central Department of the Interior, the State Government has handed over this case to the Central Agency.
4. He had to assume the post of deputy CM under pressure from the Centre: In his first joint press conference after the fall of the Uddhav government, Devendra Fadnavis had said that he would not join the cabinet. Hours after this statement, the central leadership announced his swearing-in on social media and he was to take oath as Deputy CM in the evening.
5. First prohibits changing the name, then allows: After taking oath as CM, the Eknath Shinde-led government had put on hold the decision to rename Aurangabad after Sambhajinagar, Osmanabad after Dharashiv and Navi Mumbai International Airport after DB Patil. The previous Uddhav government had taken this decision to change the name in its last cabinet meeting. However, Shinde later had to implement this decision of the Uddhav government. According to sources, the Shinde government had changed this decision only on instructions from the Centre.
6. Mahajan case handed over to CBI: BJP leader and former state minister Girish Mahajan was accused of extortion and criminal intimidation, now an order has been issued to hand over the case to the CBI. According to sources, the Shinde government has handed over the case to the Central only on the orders of the BJP leadership.
7. Instructions for implementing Central projects: PM Modi had a meeting with 18 Prime Ministers and Deputy CMs on Sunday. Devendra Fadnavis also participated in this. Emphasizing better implementation of flagship schemes like Gati Shakti, Har Ghar Jal, Swamitva and direct transfer of benefits from the center to all CMs and Deputy CMs. In this situation, it is believed that some more projects from the Center will have to be executed in the state keeping in mind the government.
8. Preparations to tighten the noose on the Thackeray family: The central government has ordered an audit of the two-and-a-half-year-old work of the ministry of the son of former prime minister Uddhav Thackeray and former environment minister Aaditya Thackeray. This is seen as a huge setback against the Thackeray family.
“The real government flees from Delhi”
Journalist and senior political pundit Ravi Kiran Deshmukh says, “After the formation of the government, both have gone to Delhi 5-7 times. Both have had several rounds of meetings with Home Minister Amit Shah, the President of BJP JP Nadda and PM Modi The manner in which Eknath Shinde resumed work on the Centre’s most ambitious project i.e. bullet train after becoming CM moved the wagon shed from the metro to Aarey Colony, it is clear that even though Shinde CM and Fadnavis Deputy CM here.the government is running away from Delhi itself.
Cabinet expansion is being delayed because of Delhi
Senior reporter Sanjay Awte said that the cabinet expansion list is being prepared in Delhi, there may be many surprising names. Delhi i.e. Amit Shah, JP Nadda and PM Modi are running everything. Clear indications have been given from his side that no major ministry will be given to Shiv Sena after CM post. Shinde getting the post of CM and Fadnavis as MP shows that this government is going from Delhi.
Deepak Kesarkar agreed to contact Delhi
On the issue of running the government from Delhi, Shiv Sena spokesperson Deepak Kesarkar of the Shinde faction said that when we were with Uddhav Thackeray sahib, we used to listen to him. He had said make alliance with BJP. We also told them that if we enter into an alliance with someone else, we will have to listen to them. So today we are with BJP and BJP headquarters is in Delhi so it is possible to take or get their permission from there and there is nothing wrong in that. When Uddhav Thackeray became the Prime Minister, he also went to meet Sonia Gandhi. No one raised the question then, so why are questions raised now?
“No decision in the state without green signal from Delhi”
On Monday, former deputy CM Ajit Pawar said no decision is being taken in Maharashtra without Delhi’s green signal. If they have a majority, why is there a delay in expanding the cabinet? The state government should immediately convene a session of the legislature. We have written a letter to the Prime Minister and the Vice President in this regard. They are only taking forward the Centre’s project and no attention is being paid to the people of Maharashtra.
The center is not giving approval because of cases in the Supreme Court
Eight ministers of the former government are among those who ditched Uddhav Thackeray and left Shinde’s camp. In this situation, he will also be given a ministerial position in the current government. A leader close to the BJP said the cabinet expansion is being delayed due to the stay petition filed in the Supreme Court by the Uddhav Thackeray faction. The Center believes that if the Supreme Court disqualifies any of these MPs, it could be a big setback for them. This is why the cabinet expansion is being pushed forward for various reasons.
This system has also worked in previous governments.
Political expert Raju Parulekar says, “This is not the first time that a state government has come up against the Delhi authorities. Generally, when there is a same-party government at the center and the state, the central interference is visible in state decisions.Also in the past when the Congress government was in Maharashtra and at the Centre, Sonia Gandhi used to put the final stamp on most of the decisions.