New Delhi, May 29 -- Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has denied accusations that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to topple Maharashtra's Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government. In a telephone interview with Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Fadnavis spoke about the issue. Edited excerpts:

How would you react to a perception that the BJP is indulging in politics in the middle of a pandemic?

The BJP is not playing politics. [Congress leader] Rahul Gandhi gives statements everyday blaming the Centre to hide the failures of his own government [in Maharashtra]... this is called politics.

We are trying to help the government. The central government is also trying to help. It has given them 28,000 crore...

I blame the Congress and MV...