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BJP to review campaign during which it covered 43K villages across Maharashtra

Mumbai city news: Speculations are rife that the meeting of senior ministers is a strategy to ward off criticism from ally Shiv Sena on the farmers’ agitation

mumbai Updated: Jun 07, 2017 00:20 IST
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Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis interacts with a farmer in Latur during Shivar Samwad, organised by the BJP, in May. (HT photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will review Shivar Samwad (Dialogue with Farmers), the campaign it recently undertook across 43,000 villages in Maharashtra, at chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ residence in Malbar Hill.

The review comes ahead of party president Amit Shah’s visit to Maharashtra on June 16, 17 and 18. The visit, part of his all-India 95-day campaign tour, will look at the party’s strength across all states. He is expected to meet some state leaders, functionaries and even booth level workers to assess how prepared the BJP is for the 2019 polls.

Speculations are rife that the meeting of senior ministers was a strategy to ward off criticism from ally Shiv Sena on the ongoing farmers’ agitation. However, sources in the party said that the meeting had been scheduled for a long time to discuss their own campaign.

“We will discuss the ongoing farmers’ agitation in the meeting, but the media is making it look too big. The response to this strike has been limited, given that our CM has promised a loan waiver. We may discuss a state-wide strategy to handle the sustained campaign to malign us, so that it’s not only the CM who is defending the government,’’ said a BJP minister.

Some workers in the party feel that Fadnavis is being targeted by the Opposition. However, the farmers’ agitation spread out even after the BJP had undertaken a grassroot-level campaign to reach out to the rural mandate and discuss agriculture issues and concerns.

BJP leaders refuted this. “Our campaign was successful because our leaders held effective talks with people. This strike has little substance and more politics. It is limited to one or two districts and has no resonance across the state, despite the picture portrayed by the media,’’ said BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari.

First Published: Jun 07, 2017 00:20 IST