JUST IN: BJP MLA Ashish Deshmukh on Friday threw Fitness Challenge, (which is a part of ‘Hum Fit Toh India Fit,’ campaign) at Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. The BJP MLA posted a video on his twitter handle by tagging CM Fadnavis and also challenged the youth of Maharashtra. Deshmukh, who’s seen doing push ups in the video, wrote, “#HumFitTohIndiaFit I would like to challenge youth of Maharashtra and @Dev_Fadnavis #MaharashtraCm.”
— Dr Ashish Deshmukh (@ard_office) May 25, 2018
The FitnessChallenge was started by Union Minsiter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on May 22. Rathore’s campaign gained momentum after he posted a video of him doing push-ups. In the same video, he threw a challenge at Virat Kohli, actor Hrithik Roshan, and badminton champion Saina Nehwal.
When Nation Next asked Ashish the reason for challenging Fadnavis, he said, “I’ve basically challenged the youth of Maharashtra. And, Fadnavis is the representative of the people of Maharashtra. Even our Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted Virat Kohli’s challenge. I hope the CM accepts my challenge and strives towards a fitter Maharashtra. I expect him to upload a similar video of his on Twitter. Even PM is going to post his video on twitter soon.”
Deshmukh in December 2017 had written a seven-page long letter to the CM requesting him to become the torchbearer of separate Vidarbha. When asked about his present rapport with the CM, Deshmukh quipped, “As an MLA, he’s ever ready to help me out in various activities and initiatives. We don’t share any bitterness with each other.”
Ahead of the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections, Deshmukh has requested Fadnavis to take cognizance of backward regions of Maharashtra. He said, “Because he’s the chief minister, I expect him to not to neglect Vidarbha and carve out a separate Vidarbha as promised to the people in 2014 elections. The CM should provide employment to youth of Nagpur and Vidarbha region.”
Speaking about Nagpur Metro, he said, “We’re getting projects like metro in Nagpur but who’s going to commute in it? Though it’s a good initiative, it makes no sense if proper employment opportunities aren’t generated.”
However, the BJP MLA refused to comment on the recent police complaint lodged by his father and former MPCC chief Ranjeet Deshmukh against his son Dr Amol. The MPCC chief had earlier in the month filed a complaint at Sitabuldi police station against his son Amol over a property dispute. However, he later withdrew the complaint on the same evening. On being asked about the same, Ashish quipped, “I don’t want to comment on this.”