After the success of his party in municipal council polls, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed confidence Tuesday that the Central government’s demonetisation move had people’s support, which would help the BJP in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections too. The BJP successfully made inroads in the Congress-NCP bastions in first phase of the civic body polls, results of which were declared Monday.
Fadnavis said the electoral trends in Maharashtra and other states where elections took place were a pointer to the “public support to the economic reforms undertaken by the government to wipe out corruption”.
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He said the Centre and the state government were rising to the challenges to provide adequate infrastructure to make monetary transactions cashless as much as possible. For the purpose, Fadnavis said, his government was trying to increase the number of swiping machines in Maharashtra to 4 lakh from the current 2.5 lakh. The Centre has ordered 10 lakh swiping machines, of which Maharahstra is likely to get 2 lakh.
The CM said financial institutions such as NABARD, besides nationalised banks and cooperative sectors were being spruced up to cover households without bank accounts in hinterlands.
Acknowledging the hardships faced by people following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, he said, “Imagine, 85 per cent of the currency has to be withdrawn. This has caused anguish and inconvenience to the people. Yet, they are willing to support the policies, which have the bigger objective of combating corruption. This is an indication that people have reposed their faith and hope to bring greater accountability and transparency in the system.”
The BJP is now gearing up for the next phases of local bodies polls, including those to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in 2017. Fadnavis addressed 40 public rallies across 25 districts in the first phase.
On the political strategy ahead, he said, “The BJP has always preferred alliance with Shiv Sena in all the elections. However, pre-poll alliance did not work in local bodies as there was a delay on part of Sena’s response.”