2019 polls likely to be all parties versus BJP, says Maharashtra CM Fadnavis
While the CM did not directly talk about the alliance, he indicated that the party should be prepared to contest polls with or without its ally Shiv Sena.Updated: Jun 05, 2018 10:42 IST
Sounding the bugle for 2019 elections, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday urged party workers to start preparing for polls as they were headed for a scenario where it was likely to be all-parties versus the BJP.
While the CM did not directly talk about the alliance, he indicated that the party should be prepared to contest polls with or without its ally Shiv Sena.
“There is an attempt to create a scenario in 2019 polls where it will be prime minister Narendra Modi versus all other parties. If all parties come together against us, then there is a need to enter the poll arena with even more preparation and strength,” said Fadnavis at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) state executive meeting in Dadar. Addressing the party’s office-bearers and district presidents, he asked party leaders to focus on micro-level planning for polls and to initiate a one-to-one dialogue with the voters .
“There is an attempt to create a negative atmosphere against the BJP. A straight dialogue and connect with voters is an ideal way to counter this negativity,” added Fadnavis. He pointed out how despite emerging as the single largest party in the Karnataka polls, the discussion in the media had veered towards loss in one or another seat.
The CM also said that while the BJP was open and willing for an alliance with the Shiv Sena, the party cadre should start preparing for elections without waiting for its ally. “The CM said that the party should be ready for polls in any situation. If the Sena doesn’t join us, we can go ahead as we did in Palghar. The Palghar bypolls indicated that the BJP can take on the Sena,” said a senior party functionary.
While BJP’s senior state brass has been increasingly vocal about wanting an alliance with the Sena, the latter has continued to snub the offer.
After the bypolls results, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reiterated that his party would contest all elections independently.
In his address, state party president Raosaheb Danve said he hoped that the Sena would join hands with the BJP as it would benefit both.