Although Khadse did not name chief minister Devendra Fadnavis or any organisation leader at the Centre, he made it clear that BJP's electoral success was an outcome of hard work and dedication of those like him for last forty years.
As per the seat-sharing formula, the BJP will contest on 135 seats and its ally Sena on 135. The remaining 18 seats would be given to smaller allies, such as Republican Party of India (A) and Rashtriya Samaj Party.
Of the total 1.36 crore farmers in Maharashtra, 38.95 lakh farmers availed the crop loan during kharif and rabi seasons in 2018-19. The farmer’s poor access to crop loan is alarming, especially in wake of the severe drought.
“Two possibilities are being discussed. The government may extend the cut-off date for the ongoing crop loan waiver from 2016-17 to 2018-19. Or introduce new guidelines to cover targeted segments of smaller and marginal farmers reeling under debt,” an official said.
Of the total nine reserved seats — SC (five) and ST (four) — out of 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, the BJP won five seats. Its alliance partner Shiv Sena won three and the Yuva Swabhimani Party one.
Although Vikhe Patil’s resignation from the Congress was a foregone conclusion, it has set the process for other disenchanted Congress members to look for an alternative in the BJP ahead of the crucial Assembly elections.
A total of seven ministers, including four cabinet and three MoS rank, from the state took oath on Thursday. The other BJP faces in the cabinet from Maharashtra are Nitin Gadkari, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal and Sanjay Dhotre. Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant and Republican Party of India’s Ramdas Athawale also made it to the council of ministers.
From the numbers, it appears that it is the Sena that has benefited from the Congress-NCP debacle. The Opposition allies have managed to keep their lead slightly above 20 seats each as compared to their 2014 Assembly tally. The Congress is down in 21 segments, and the NCP in 18.
Of the total 48 Lok Sabha seats, the BJP-Shiv Sena have performed better in rural Maharashtra, winning all the 27 seats despite severe drought conditions, which forced the Centre to sanction Rs 4,162 crore assistance.
Five of the six women fielded by BJP won — Heena Gavit (Nandurbar), Raksha Khadse (Raver), Poonam Majahan (Mumbai North Central), Bharati Pawar (Dindori) and Pritam Munde (Beed). Kanchan Kool, who was fielded against Supriya Sule of the NCP in Baramati, was the only BJP woman candidate to lose.
A senior BJP leader said, “Khadse will continue in the core committee of the party. But there is no question of giving him any additional important role. The party has taken objection to his continued pin-pricks against the Fadnavis government in the Assembly and outside.”
Across the state, so far 19 dams have zero water stock, including Khadakpurna and Pentakli (Buldhana); Gosikhurd (Bhandara); Dina (Gadchiroli); Bham and Punegaon (Nashik); Pimpalgaon, Ghod and Temghar (Pune); Bhima (Solapur); Kundali Tata and Lonavala Tata.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah are looking to Maharashtra, which has 48 Lok Sabha seats — second highest after Uttar Pradesh’s 80 Lok Sabha seats — to make up for any shortfalls in other states.