Raj Thackeray praises Fadnavis, says he set example of party loyalty

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray said on Friday that Devendra Fadnavis had set an example of party loyalty and commitment by taking the post of deputy chief minister of the state, although he be the favorite for the highest position.

In an open letter to Fadnavis, Thackeray said the top BJP leader was due to return as chief minister of Maharashtra, but that did not happen.

“You have been Chief Minister for five years. To form this government, you have made enormous efforts and despite this, you have accepted the post of Deputy Chief Minister according to the directives of your party, putting aside your own slanders,” Thackeray said.

“Your act showed that the party is above any individual. It’s a classic example of loyalty to one’s party. It’s something every other party official should take note of,” Thackeray said, adding that he didn’t want to get into the discussion of whether the Deputy CM position was a promotion or a demotion.

“When you pull the bowstring back to aim with an arrow, it’s not called a backhand,” said Thackeray, who also told Fadnavis he needed to take a longer political journey. and that it had proven itself before Maharashtra.

In a stunning turn of events on Thursday, Fadnavis, who was seen as the favorite to lead the government to be formed by the BJP with the Shiv Sena rebels led by Eknath Shinde, was sworn in as a CM MP while the latter was obtained the highest position.

BJP National Chairman JP Nadda later said that Fadnavis, who had previously announced that he would not be part of the new government, had been asked by the central leadership to join as deputy CM to lead the new dispenses with his extensive experience.

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