This refers to your report “CM Fadnavis Mixed Performance” dated October 31. No doubt, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s two year reign has been marked by cruel drought, promises of mega investments and intermittent fights with ally Shiv Sena but over the last two years, despite several challenges, Fadnavis not only managed to keep the BJP’s oldest ally in good humour, but had also been able to handle the fire from the Opposition Congress and NCP. The reforms in the industrial sector have sent out a positive signal. By scrapping the river regulatory zone and relaxing regulations for reservations in forest, the government has proved industry comes first. The ensuing Winter Session of the Maharashtra legislature is going to be an acid test for him. The CM’s pet project Jal Yukta Shivar was considered to be successful for the alliance, and the monsoon had helped the Marathwada region pull out of back-to-back drought for four years. As pointed out by Fadnavis Maharashtra’s journey of development had come to a standstill since decades but could cross many milestones with great speed in less than 2 years.
Vinod C. Dixit
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