Uddhav Thackeray reiterated that Sena and BJP have taken up the responsibilities equally for the 2019 polls. He explained how Sena’s criticism against BJP never came in the way of public welfare projects.
The first phase of the Rs 55,000-crore corridor, a flagship project of the state government, is confined to 706-km eight-lane stretch between Nagpur and Mumbai, while the second phase is planned for development of industrial hubs.
Assiduously wooed by the BJP, the Sena had laid setting aside the refinery as one of the conditions for the tie-up. The Fadnavis government has now promised to ensure public consensus before going ahead with the project.
At a Cabinet sub-committee meeting last week, the state government decided to extend all social welfare schemes availed by STs to Dhangars till the time the Centre takes a decision on the community’s demand for 3.5 per cent reservation under ST category.
“Although the RSS never directly intervenes in the politics of the BJP, there is always a subtle message conveyed to the top leadership, which helps in setting the political direction,” a senior BJP functionary requesting anonymity said.
48 Lok Sabha seats make Maharashtra second only to Uttar Pradesh in terms of size. In the last Assembly elections, contesting separately had left neither BJP nor Shiv Sena with a majority. Both are also wary of rival alliances in Maharashtra and elsewhere.
Reiterating the demand for early construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uddhav Thackeray said, "The Ram Temple has been the common thread for an alliance between the BJP and the Shiv Sena; it has to be built at the earliest."
While addressing two rallies at Yavatmal in Vidarbha and Dhule in Khandesh in north Maharashtra, the PM launched multi-sector projects — infrastructure, housing, Railways, irrigation — and social schemes under self-help groups.
The initiative, launched earlier this week, has been taken up by a non-profit NGO, Friends of India Society, based in the United Kingdom. Its membership comprises people of Indian origin living outside India.
Last Saturday, sharing the dais with the BJP president in Pune, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated what Shah had said: “In 2014 Lok Sabha we won 42 seats. Now, the 43rd Lok Sabha seat will be Baramati.”
At their review meeting, the MKM also noted that they should call a “truce” as the demand for 16 per cent Maratha reservation and the death sentence in the Kopardi rape and murder had been pronounced by the government.
The pre-poll discussions with the Congress-NCP have come to a standstill. After a series of meetings, I realised they are not willing to make any commitment on criticial issues related to agriculture and farmers’ welfare, says Raju Shetti.
With 78 per cent of the farmers in Maharashtra meeting the condition of having less than 2 hectare (5 acres), the Centre will need to disburse Rs 6,368 crore of the total allocation of Rs 75,000 crore for the scheme.