The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra said on Friday that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is recovering after undergoing spinal surgery, should hand over his powers to fellow ministers if he cannot leave the house. A BJP leader said that if Thackeray does not have faith in other leaders, he can hand over the charge to his son and Aaditya Thackeray. Thackeray (61) had undergone cervical spine surgery in November 2021. He remained absent throughout the five-day long winter session of the state assembly, held in the last week of December. However, he is attending official meetings through video conference from his residence.
Talking to reporters in Kolhapur, BJP state president Chandrakant Patil said, “People are saying that the Chief Minister has not met people for the last 70 days. So Thackeray should give his powers to someone else who can attend daily meetings in his place and occasionally visit some places in the state.
He said, ‘He is like our friend, so I wish him a speedy recovery. However, the work of handling and controlling the state with a population of about 12 crores cannot be done sitting at home. Such responsibilities should be taken more seriously.
BJP MLA and former minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar said if he does not have faith in Ajit Pawar or his Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), he can give the responsibility to his son and environment minister Aaditya Thackeray. The BJP leader said that the Chief Minister did not even attend the meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to review the situation in Kovid-19.
On the other hand, Chandrakant Patil said that Shiv Sena is losing in the elections due to alliance with NCP and Congress. “A Shiv Sena candidate cannot win the Mumbai Bank election while an NCP candidate becomes its president,” he said. He also claimed that Shiv Sena is going to contest assembly elections in Goa and Uttar Pradesh only to get national party status.