Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is the villain of the state’s politics and the one who is responsible for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s poor show in the state, said Shiv Sena UBT leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday, adding that his offer to step down from the deputy CM post is nothing but a “gimmick”.

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“Such gimmick is common in politics…Maharashtra rejected the leadership of Fadnavis…Devendra Fadnavis is the villain of Maharashtra politics, BJP met with a bad fate in Maharashtra because of him…he poisoned the political culture of Maharashtra and he paying for it now,” Sanjay Raut told ANI in an interview.

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Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis offers to step down 

Taking responsibility for the party’s drubbing defeat in the Lok Sabha 2024 elections in the state, Devendra Fadnavis offered to quit the post of deputy CM on Wednesday so he could work “full time” for the party ahead of assembly elections.

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“I take the responsibility for the result in Maharashtra. I am requesting the party leadership to relieve me from the responsibility in the government so that I can work full time for the party in upcoming assembly elections,” Fadnavis told reporters in Mumbai. 

 “The entire responsibility for this result is mine. I agree that I was lacking somewhere in all this and will make all efforts to overcome this shortcoming,” he told a press conference after the review meeting on Lok Sabha results on Wednesday.

The assembly elections in Maharashtra are scheduled to take place in less than six months.

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His announcement to resign from the post received significant criticism from the opposition parties. Several Congress leaders also called Fadnavis’s bid to leave the post a “drama.” 

The BJP’s performance in Maharashtra’s Lok Sabha Elections in 2024 was lacklustre. The saffron party won only nine seats in the state, compared to 23 in the previous general elections in 2019.

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Published: 06 Jun 2024, 11:23 AM IST

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