Bhima Koregaon violence was a conspiracy against the BJP, says Maharashtra CM Fadnavis
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Bhima Koregaon violence was a conspiracy against the BJP, says Maharashtra CM Fadnavis

Incident was aimed at breaking Dalits away from the BJP, and creating caste conflicts and social rifts, the CM said at a special party conclave in Mumbai

mumbai Updated: Jan 17, 2018 10:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Violence erupted after an altercation between two unidentified groups near the memorial of the 1818 battle between the British and Peshwa forces in Bhima Koregaon, around 40km from Pune.(HT File Photo)

In a closed-door conclave with party workers, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday is said to have claimed that the Bhima Koregaon violence was a conspiracy against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its government in Maharashtra.

The larger plan behind the incident, which led to a statewide bandh, was to break Dalits away from the BJP and create social disharmony in the state, Fadnavis alleged.

At the special conclave held in Mumbai, Fadnavis also asked the party cadre to start preparing for the 2019 elections.

Though the polls are at least one year away, the political situation in Maharashtra is already getting heated. The CM indicated to party district presidents and other leaders that more such episodes, or attempts to create caste conflicts, were possible in the run-up to the polls.

“The CM asked us to get ready for the polls. He also stressed that development would be the agenda for the BJP, and that attempts to create social rifts and caste clashes should be nipped in the bud. The Opposition is trying every trick in the book,” said a senior BJP leader who attended the meeting but did not wish to be named.

The state BJP unit is now planning to hold rallies on how the government is upholding the Constitution, as a response to the Opposition’s campaigns, including farmer leader Raju Shetti’s all-party Samvidhan Bachao march on Republic Day and the Nationalist Congress Party’s ongoing statewide ‘halla bol’ rallies.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 10:14 IST