IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar is no longer MSRDC's Managing Director

Mopalwar planning to contest loksabha elections

IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar is no longer MSRDC's Managing Director

Retired civil servant Radheshyam Mopalwar, who is believed to be trusted by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has been removed from the post of Managing Director of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). Although the exact reasons for this are not clear, Mopalwar is said to have fallen out with influential figures in the 'Mitra' organisation of the state government.

Mopalwar has retained the charge of Director General War Room on infrastructure in the state. The charge of 'MSRDC' has been entrusted to Joint Managing Director Anil Gaikwad. Radheshyam Mopalvar, who is credited with the construction of the Samruddhi Highway, is rumoured to be active in politics soon. He has prepared to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Marathwada. However, his sudden removal from the Road Development Board just a few months before the elections raised many eyebrows. There were whispers in ministerial circles throughout the day on Wednesday that a rift with an influential figure in the state government's ‘Mitra’ was the reason for Mopalwar's sacking.

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Mopalwar, who is known to be close to all party leaders, was extended seven times after his retirement. During the tenure of Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister, Mopalwar was accused of a serious nature. However, even then the government supported him. 

Friends of all political parties

Mopalwar retired from the post of Managing Director of MSRDC in 2018. However, the then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis's ambitious Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Highway was entrusted to Mopalwar. Alleging that there were major irregularities in the work of this project, the opposition had also accused Mopalwar of corruption. At the same time, an audio tape of his alleged corruption was released. There was an allegation of money transactions. At that time, Fadnavis had also appointed a committee to investigate the allegations against Mopalwar. Eventually, this committee acquitted Mopalwar. Mopalwar also got an extension during the tenure of the Maha Vikas Aghadi and then the Mahayuti government.

Mopalwar is also likely to contest the Lok Sabha elections on BJP ticket from Nanded or Hingoli constituencies. However, Mopalwar refused to comment anything about the political entry.

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