New Delhi, Dec. 3 -- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliament member Anant Kumar Hegde again embarrassed his party on Monday by claiming that the swearing-in of Devendra Fadnavis as Maharashtra chief minister last month was a pre-planned move to ensure funds worth ~40,000 crore were returned to the Centre.

Fadnavis immediately denied the claim, which is the latest in a series of Hegde's controversial statements that have made the BJP uncomfortable. He maintained that he did not take any major policy decisions when he was the chief minister for a few days. "Anyone who understands how Central and state governments' accounting systems work will not make such statements. The state finance department can probe this. I think those, who make such ...