The elections will take place across 212 municipal councils and nagar panchayats between November 27 and January 8. The series of rallies started from Thursday from Ahmednagar and Nashik districts.
“Time management is going to become a big challenge as Fadnavis will have to juggle between his administrative duties in the Mantralaya and hit the streets for a high-voltage campaign,” a campaign manager told The Indian Express.
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“In the beginning, we had taken a decision to restrict the rallies to limited districts. But we have been flooded with requests from local leaders demanding that the chief minister campaign for them,” said a senior party functionary involved in the campaign.
To begin with, the BJP’s poll campaign committee has shortlisted at least 30 rallies for November 27.
In the last elections held for these 212 local bodies, the Congress-NCP was ahead of the BJP and the Shiv Sena. The BJP, now the ruling party, reckons these polls are going to be a litmus test and that the results will mirror public mandate for the government’s work and performance.
Fadnavis has decided to confine his poll speeches to highlighting the development agenda of the state government and uprooting corruption.
Some of the talking points at the rallies will be the government’s flagship project Jalyukta Shivar to measures to tackle drought, agriculture reforms, agro-industries, investments on rural roads, skill development for youths and housing for poor, tribals and Dalits.