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Amit Shah lashes out at NCP chief Sharad Pawar

During his visit to the city, the national president of BJP squarely placed the blame for corruption and sluggish growth in the state on the Nationalist Congress Party

During Thursday’s visit to the city to speak to local party workers, BJP national president, Amit Shah lashed out at the Congress-NCP government, particularly NCP chief, Sharad Pawar.

For your ears only: BJP chief Amit Shah and MLA Girish Bapat share a few quiet words during the party workers’ gathering, titled ‘Vijay Sankalpa Melava’. pics/Shashank Sane
For your ears only: BJP chief Amit Shah and MLA Girish Bapat share a few quiet words during the party workers’ gathering, titled ‘Vijay Sankalpa Melava’. Pics/Shashank Sane

“NCP chief Sharad Pawar has institutionalised corruption in Maharashtra. Corruption is Pawar’s business, and due to him, the state’s head is hanging in shame,” said Shah.

Take a chance on him: Hundreds of supporters gather to demand that local BJP leader, Dheeraj Ghate be given the ticket for the Kasba assembly segment, which is currently MLA Girish Bapat’s constituency
Take a chance on him: Hundreds of supporters gather to demand that local BJP leader, Dheeraj Ghate be given the ticket for the Kasba assembly segment, which is currently MLA Girish Bapat’s constituency

“The smaller neighbouring states like Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh have been developing well since the last few years. However, Maharashtra is going from bad to worse.”

Local BJP leaders
Cutting to the chase: Local BJP leaders present a sword to BJP national  president, Amit Shah yesterday

It is worth noting that all four states lauded by Shah for their development rates are BJP strongholds.

Shah added that the nation was developing fast under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that he hoped that Maharashtra would soon contribute more towards national growth as well.

BJP MLAs Pankaja Munde-Palwe and Madhuri Misal
Inside joke: BJP MLAs Pankaja Munde-Palwe and Madhuri Misal share a light moment

The BJP chief also attempted to address the questions that opposition parties had been raising lately, about PM Modi and BJP’s accomplishments in the first 100 days of government.

“The type of work that the BJP government has done in last 100 days cannot even be imagined by the opposition parties,” he said.

As a closing note, he urged the party workers to pull up their sock for the approaching state assembly elections, without spending too much thought on who would be the next Chief Minister.

Seat-sharing with Sena

The ball seems to be in Shiv Sena’s court currently, with senior BJP leader and opposition leader in the Vidhan Parishad, Vinod Tawde stating that the parties had had sufficient discussions, and that the BJP was now waiting for Sena’s final answer.
“We also want the upcoming elections to be contested in alliance with Sena. However, we are waiting for the Sena leaders’ decision on the seat-sharing issue,” Tawde said.

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