NCP chief and former Deputy Prime Minister Sharad Pawar today demanded Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ resignation following the IED blast carried out by Naxals in Gadchiroli in which 16 policemen and a civilian died. Fadnavis holds the home portfolio and “he should step down immediately”, Pawar tweeted.
He made it clear that those who feel shame of conscience if not shame of public opinion would have resigned. He deplored that the people who are in power today are not going to do so. Saying that Maoists activities in the state were growing, Pawar said it was the result of “rulers neglecting law and order situation in the Naxal-affected areas”. Hence, he said that there is no option but to condemn the attack and express grief over the jawans’ deaths.
State NCP chief and former Maharashtra home minister Jayant Patil said the Maoists have deliberately struck on the state’s foundation day as they wanted to “demoralise”. “We will not allow this attempt to demoralise the state by deliberately carrying out the attack on Maharashtra Day to succeed,” he tweeted.