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Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan at Idea Exchange

Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan was our guest at the Idea Exchange programme in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan was our guest at the Idea Exchange programme in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that regional parties should be barred from contesting Lok Sabha elections. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)

“Regional parties are not allowed to contest the national elections in Germany. Similarly, we must prohibit regional parties from contesting the Lok Sabha polls. Only then will the polity move towards a two- or three-party system like the one that exists in the United States,” Chavan said at an Idea Exchange interaction at The Indian Express. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)

Chavan also criticised the BJP for turning the Lok Sabha campaign into a presidential-style contest. “I am personally against the presidential style… We are not ready for that,” CM Prithviraj Chavan said. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)

“We wanted to keep it (presidential-style contest) away and even campaigned against it. It, however, did not come out right. The RSS succeeded in its plan,” CM Prithviraj Chavan said. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)

Stating that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was marketing himself like a “soap brand”, Chavan said, “Maharashtra has developed more than Gujarat, but we have not publicised it the way Modi has.” (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)