Maharashtra BJP ready for mid term elections: CM Fadnavis

Carla Harmon
June 15, 2017

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was prepared for mid-term polls in the state, remarks that come as both friends and foes have sought to corner his government on the issue of farm-loan waiver. The confidence of the BJP stems from the fact that in the elections to municipal corporations, municipal councils, zilla parishads and panchayat samitis, it has emerged as No. 1 party in terms of public representatives. The BJP's ally Shiv Sena, in an embarrassment for the ruling BJP, has joined hands virtually with the State Opposition parties.

Reacting sharply to this, Thackeray said "if they (BJP) have so much money, they should give it to the farmers and clear their debts". "We shall fully support them", he said sarcastically. However, the BJP has rubbished reports of Bhagwat's as the Presidential nominee. "The farmers will not forgive those who called them as "saala" and make they cry".

Notably, Nitesh Rane's father, Narayan Rane, was once with Shiv Sena before defecting to Congress.

Sena mouthpiece Saamana has reported that Shah will meet Thackeray on June 18.

Danve and Raut confirmed the meeting.

The meeting between the two leaders to attract attention in the wake of Shiv Sena's stand to pitch RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's name for President. "The BJP president would be in Mumbai during which he would meet the Shiv Sena president", Danve said. The electoral college for the presidential polls is 11,04,546 votes.

Amit Shah is expected to mollify Thackeray and ensure his support for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate in the upcoming presidential election.

While Patil got the support on the ground that she was a Maharashtrian, Mukherjee had personal relations with the Thackeray family. It demanded complete loan waiver for farmers and on other major issues confronting the state.

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