'BJP's Preliminary Roadmap For Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha Elections Ready': Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis

June 19,2024

Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister on Tuesday said that a preliminary roadmap has been prepared by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming assembly elections. Maharashtra core committee held a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda at the party headquarters where it stated that the saffron party will focus on ensuring victory for the Shiv Sena-BJP-NCP coalition in the upcoming assembly elections later this year.

Notably, newly-appointed observers for Maharashtra Bhupendra Yadav and Ashwini Vaishnav were present, along with national general secretaries Vinod Tawde and BL Santhosh. Core committee members including Fadnavis, state president Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mumbai unit president Ashish Shelar, Union minister Piyush Goyal, cabinet ministers Sudhir Mungantiwar, Chandrakant Patil, former Union minister Raosaheb Danve and party’s national secretary Pankaja Munde were at the meeting.

Addressing a press conference soon after the meeting, Devendra Fadnavis said, "The outcome of the Lok Sabha elections was discussed along with the problems and hurdles faced in various seats."

"The difference between Mahayuti and MVA is just 0.3 per cent so we discussed in detail where we lost votes, where we faced problems, and the corrective actions that need to be taken. In addition, we discussed the blueprint for our strategy ahead of the Vidhan Sabha elections in Maharashtra. Soon we will prepare our roadmap for the Vidhan Sabha elections with our NDA partners," Fadanvis said.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Piyush Goyal rejected the talk of changing the BJP's state president, saying that "the BJP leadership has no such idea and no such discussion has taken place in the meeting."

It is worth noting that there were discussions about making Rao Saheb Patil the state president to remove the displeasure of the Maratha community, on which Piyush Goyal put an end to it by saying that there is no question of removing or replacing the state president.

In the Lok Sabha elections 2024, the BJP won nine seats in Maharashtra, a huge drop from its 2019 tally of 23. Following the election results, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis offered to resign from the Mahayuti-led government, consisting of the Shiv Sena, BJP, and NCP, to focus on strengthening the party's efforts for the assembly elections later this year.

Notably, there was also speculation in the state about whether the Ajit Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would remain in the ruling coalition. Sources from Times Now revealed that local BJP and Shiv Sena leaders believed Ajit Pawar's addition to the Mahayuti alliance has not brought benefits but stirred up trouble.