While releasing the party’s Sankalpa Patra (manifesto), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said: “The state is confident of creating one crore jobs in manufacturing, rural agriculture and service sectors."
In 2014, as a Brahmin CM in a Maratha-dominated political landscape, Fadnavis had a tall order — the Maratha quota agitation was threatening to blow up, and ally Sena and Opposition NCP-Cong were snapping at his heels. Five years and some deft politicking later, as Maharashtra heads to polls, the 49-year-old looms large
Stunning the state BJP unit in the fourth list of candidates released Friday, the BJP replaced Vinod Tawde, and Chandrasekhar Bawankule (both sitting ministers), Eknath Khadse and Prakash Mehta (former ministers in the Fadnavis government) and the party’s chief whip in the Assembly, Raj Purohit.
The ruling BJP-Shiv Sena is relying on ally Republican Party of India (A), led by Ramdas Athawale, for their outreach to the community. The Congress-NCP is using in-house old guards to appeal to Dalit voters, who were traditionally Congress voters.
In the 2014 Assembly elections, the Marathas had voted for a party that they believed would deliver the promise of a quota for the community. Five years later, and the promise kept, it is not clear if the BJP can this time take a vote of thanks for granted.
Addressing a public rally in Nashik to mark the conclusion of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s Mahajanadesh Yatra, Modi said development of every Kashmiris is his government’s commitment and pledge. “A violence-free Kashmir is our promise,” he added.
Addressing a rally in Nashik, Fadnavis said: “I express my deep gratitude to the PM for reposing his faith in me to lead the state in 2014. It was a bold decision, as it did not conform to the traditional norms of social engineering.”
The remark, made at public meetings in the Konkan region during his Mahajanadesh Yatra, came a day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that the proposed Aarey car shed in Mumbai would go the way of the Nanar oil refinery.
While between 2016 and 2018, the region was the epicentre of violent Maratha quota agitation, this year, issues of drought and water scarcity are going to decide how the people of Marathwada vote in the state polls.
The Rs 15,000-crore project has been approved by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who heads the Maharashtra State Water Council. The state water resources department has been directed to prepare a draft proposal for the execution of the project.