State PWD minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal Wednesday indicated that he is ready to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Bhujbal,a former Shiv Sainik,said the death of Bal Thackeray and the exit of senior leaders will not destroy the party.
Speaking to the press in Nagpur on the sidelines of the ongoing winter session of the Maharashtra Legislature,Bhujbal said that he has been an MLA since 1985 and a minister since 1991 and now deserves to go to the Centre. When asked if he has been given orders from the NCP high command regarding the same,Bhujbal said,The party has recommended that I contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Nashik constituency. In the end,I will do what the party wants me to do, he said. At present,his nephew Sameer Bhujbal is the MP from this constituency.
When asked about his opinion on the in-fighting among senior leaders in Shiv Sena and the fate of the party post the death of Bal Thackeray and exit of senior MP Mohan Rawle,Bhujbal said that a party like Sena will not collapse due to exit of people. In party politics,people come and go. But this does not mean the end of the party. After Bal Thackerays death there is no major change in the party, he said.
Bhujbal also ruled out the possibility of the Aam Admi Party having any impact in Maharashtra. I do not foresee the AAP magic working on the political equations of Maharashtra. In fact,at Centre too,the UPA is set to come back to power, he said.