Division of Oppn votes benefitting Cong-NCP alliance,says Fadnavis

New BJP city chief calls for a common platform of Opposition parties.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 23, 2013 1:12 am

Hinting at an alliance with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS),the newly appointed state president of BJP Devendra Fadnavis called for a common platform of Opposition parties to fight the ruling alliance of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the state.

Addressing the media in Pune on Monday,Fadnavis said the only reason the Congress-NCP alliance was in power was the division of Opposition votes.

“If we analyse the vote trends in the present House,it will appear that the Opposition vote share is more than that of the ruling alliance. We have to prevent the division of opposition votes,” he said.

While BJP has made its intention of a broad alliance with MNS clear,its alliance partner Shiv Sena has been vehemently opposing it. Fadnavis said he was confident that a common platform would be worked out before the next elections.

Coming down heavily on Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar for his derogatory remarks in Indapur a few weeks back,he said Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was being pressurised by Pawar in ordering a ‘weak’ Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the irrigation scam.

“The chief minister had promised us that a special SIT as per the guidelines of the Commission of Inquiries Act would be formed. However,the present SIT is not up to the mark,” he said.

He said Pawar had prevailed upon the CM in not making a statement in the Assembly about his derogatory remarks on drought.

“The chief minister apologised for his remarks,but he was not present in the House for three consecutive days. We are sure Pawar prevailed upon him to do against it,” he said.

Talking about the BJP city unit,Fadnavis said he had asked the city corporators and functionaries to oppose the “disastrous changes” proposed in the supplementary suggestions for the revised Development Plan (DP) of the city.

Opposing the state government’s decision to levy local body tax,he demanded a revised value added tax to help the municipal bodies generate revenues.

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