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Devendra Fadnavis on BMC poll results: BJP’s huge victory a mandate for transparency

The Shiv Sena and the BJP cemented their grip on major civic corporations in Maharashtra with both registering significant gains in Birhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Thane, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur.

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Devendra Fadnavis waiving to supporters after BJP’s brilliant show in BMC polls.

Hailing BJP’s brilliant show in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and other civic bodies polls in Maharashtra, chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said the party’s victory resulted from a vote for transparency and demonetisation. The chief minister also said that the decision on alliance will be taken by the party’s core committee.

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“All decisions for the party are taken by its core committee. Whether or not to go for an alliance will be decided when I, (Maharashtra BJP President) Raosaheb Danve, (Mumbai BJP chief) Ashish Shelar sit and look at the prevailing situation,” Fadnavis said. BJP came a close second to the Shiv Sena bagging 82 seats in the 227-member BMC, while the Uddhav Thackeray-led party emerged victorious with 84 seats.

Fadnavis said the results are an ample indication that people have accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s note ban move and the state government’s transparency plank. “Our politics consists of trust and transparency. This result is a reflection that people have accepted our style of governance. No other party in the last 25 years has got such a wonderful result,” he said.

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“In BMC, we have got an amazing response. Our agenda of transparency and accountability been accepted by people,” he said.

Fadnavis said the results of BMC and other municipal corporations has made the BJP more humble and that instead of indulging in mere talk, they would concentrate on good governance. “This is a victory of demonetisation. The move was to end corruption and weed out black money. The results have proven people have faith in Modi ji’s governance,” he said.

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The party’s state unit chief, Danve, said they had all along known BJP would emerge as the single largest party. “We had all along known that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party. It was (PM Narendra) Modi ji and (BJP National President) Amit Shah ji’s dream that BJP should be from government from panchayat to Parliament. This dream has been brought true by Maharashtra BJP workers,” he said.

Congress was relegated to the third position in the civic body tally with 31 seats followed by NCP with 9 seats. MNS won 7 seats, AIMIM-3, SP-6, Akhil Bhartiya Sena-1 and others-4. The Congress Party has suffered a major setback as the grand old party was only able to win 31 seats in BMC.