Shiv Sena on Monday made a veiled attack on the former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who has been slamming the Maha Vikas Agadhi (MVA) government over the official nod given to the scam-tainted Wadhawan brothers for travelling amidst the lockdown.
In Saamana editorial, Sena said that the IPS officer Amitabh Gupta, who gave travel permission to Wadhawan brothers and their 21-member coterie, was appointed by erstwhile CM Fadnavis.
“It is now clear who is actually behind the IPS officer Amitabh Gupta’s decision and on whose instructions he would have put the MVA government into a crisis,” it read.
“There was a plot to sully the name of the MVA and all its achievements in the past four months but it did not succeed,” it argued.
After the incident started making headlines last week, Mr Fadnavis claimed, “It was not possible for a senior IPS officer on his own to commit such a grave error while knowing the ramifications.”
As the matter gathered steam, officer Gupta was sent on compulsory leave and a probe was set up by a senior bureaucrat.
On Sunday, Wadhawan brothers Kapil and Dheeraj-whose names propped up in the Yes Bank scam-released a detailed statement through their lawyers claiming they shifted from Khandala to their ancestral home in Mahabaleshwar owing to the COVID-19 crisis.
Defending the MVA, the editorial asserted that officer Gupta was appointed to the crucial post since Mr Fadnavis obviously had faith in his efficiency.
“Now, that officer showed special favour to Wadhawan family and tried to create problems for the state administration. It’s getting exposed who was actually behind Gupta’s decision to create a crisis for the MVA government,” it argued.
“If the MVA government indeed wanted to favour Wadhawans, why would the Satara authorities stop them and send them into government quarantine and seize their vehicles,” it reasoned.
Sena affirmed that the CM Uddhav Thackeray’s government makes no distinction between the wealthy and poor in this hour of crisis when the commoners are tolerating the lockdown with great difficulties.
Dismissing it as a failed conspiracy, the Saamana said, “This is no time to play politics as the State government is fully immersed in tackling the pandemic.”