Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah Thursday embarked on Mission Maharashtra by resolving two critical issues — one related to the saffron alliance and other regarding leadership within the BJP ahead of the Assembly elections. He also spelled out that the campaign strategy would be centred around getting rid of the “Rs 11,88,000-crore corruption under the Congress-NCP government”.
In a message loud and clear, he conveyed that there should be no ambiguity about the continuance of Shiv Sena-BJP grand alliance in the elections. The second message was conveyed in a subtle manner that the party would be fighting the state elections under the leadership of Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis.
Shah’s emphasis on the need for a “strong and hard working leader with character” was seen as an effort to assert the leadership of Fadnavis.
He said: “It is not just speeches or candidates contesting, which will bring the change. It is the sacrifice and relentless work of individuals to the cause for better Maharashtra which will bring results in polls.”
Addressing a massive crowd at Shanmukhananda Hall in Dadar here, Shah said: “Let me declare here that state BJP president Devendra Fadnvais has launched the Maharashtra election campaign today. Fadnavis’s beautiful mantra — Chhatrapati Shivaji Cha Ashirvad, Chalo Chale Modi Ke Saath — (Lets us seek blessings of Chatrapati Shivaji and walk along with Modi) is the beginning of the campaign which I want every worker of the party to carry in villages across the state. And that there cannot be any compromise on hard work in the elections.”
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He also emphasised that central leaders like him would come and go, but it was the hard work of state leaders and workers that would usher in a change. Shah, who will campaign in the state polls, exhorted the workers to uproot the corrupt the Congress-NCP government.
Earlier, Fadnavis said: “When voted to power in state, we would initiate investigations in all scams related to irrigation, power and Adarsh society and send the guilty to jail.” He said the Narendra Modi government’s welfare schemes could not be executed unless they had a BJP-led alliance in power in Maharashtra.
After his arrival in Mumbai, Shah headed straight to Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Vinod Tawde’s residence in Vile Parle for a core committee meeting. He then drove to Mumbai North Central MP and all-India secretary Poonam Mahajan’s residence in Worli for lunch. Prior to that, he visited late Gopinath Munde’s residence in Worli to meet his wife Pradyna Munde and other family members. From there, he went to Lalbaugcha Raja Ganpati at Lower Parel.
Attacks Pawar for farmers’ plight
Amit Shah made a scathing attack against NCP president Sharad Pawar, accusing him of failing to address the concerns of farmers and working in the interest of industries. Addressing party workers in Mumbai, Shah said: “I would like to ask Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar what he did for the farmers. Which industrialists was he sitting with when the issue related to minimum support price for farmers was being discussed? After the Narendra Modi government came to power, the renumerations through MSP for farmers was immediately increased. Whether it is drought or farmers suicides it is government’s failure.” NCP leaders dismissed the charge as baseless. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said: “There is not a single leader in the country whose commitment to farmers can be compared to that of Pawar. BJP’s charge is cheap politics.”