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CM Fadnavis headlines campaign for BJP candidates in PCMC

CM, in city to participate in campaign of BJP candidate, welcomed with loud cheers

pune Updated: Oct 11, 2019 16:29 IST
Archana Dahiwal
Archana Dahiwal
Hindustan Times, Pune
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis during a roadshow in Bhosari on Thursday.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis during a roadshow in Bhosari on Thursday. (HT/PHOTO)

Thousands of residents on the streets, loud cheers, feet-long garlands and jam-packed lanes were the norm of the day on Thursday in Bhosari. The electric election mood in Bhosari was palpable as the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held a roadshow amid heavy rains in the area.

The roadshow by the Maharashtra CM was as a part of the election campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Mahesh Landge who is contesting from Bhosari Assembly constituency.

Thousands of people had gathered on the road to witness the roadshow and cheered for the chief minister despite being drenched by the rain. The roadshow went on for almost two hours with the CM appealing to the Bhosari citizens to vote for Mahesh Landge and help him win with record margin.

The CM had landed at a helipad located on Telco road, Bhosari at 6:15pm. Mahesh Landge, former Sena MP Adhalrao Patil along with senior party leaders welcomed Fadnavis.

The roadshow started from Bhosari’s PMT chowk after the CM garlanded Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s statue at Bhosari chowk. The roadshow continued till Dighi road, Siddheshwar School, Alandi road, Late Ankushrao Landge Auditorium.

However, due to roadshow the Pune-Nashik highway witnessed traffic congestion for almost three hours. Mahesh Landge said, “I am sorry that my roadshow caused traffic jams in Bhosari even though we had put in place measures to maintain traffic.”

Kavita Sangle, a commuter in Bhosari, said, “I was stuck in traffic almost for an hour. I had to drop my son to class which is located in Chinchwad on the Mumbai-Pune highway.”

CM Fadnavis attacks opposition in Phaltan, says Cong-NCP only gave people “false promises”

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis accused the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of “not doing anything” except giving “false and misleading” promises during the last 15 years of their before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena government came to power in 2014.

Fadnavis was addressing a public rally at Phaltan in Satara district on Thursday and said that western Maharashtra has given the highest number of Congress-NCP leaders in the past and yet, they didn’t do anything to develop the region.

“The Congress-NCP even had an irrigation minister from western Maharashtra, however, they were not able to justice to irrigation projects in the region,” quipped Fadnavis.

“However, within five years of the BJP-Sena government, we have given funds to complete the incompleted projects in the region,” added Shah.

“Congress and NCP did not do anything for 15 years except giving false and misleading promises. But after our government came to power five years back, we worked for the poor, downtrodden, tribals, minorities, farmers, OBCs and women, and tried to bring about a transformation (in their lives),” he said.

Fadnavis said that the BJP government would add more glory to western Maharashtra by connecting drought-affected areas of Solapur and Satara through canals. The World Bank team has already visited Kolhapur and Sangli areas and has assured the government of providing funds for the canals, said Shah.

Fadnavis also claimed that the BJP government has given the highest loan waiver to the farmers of the state, along with the reservation for the Maratha community and are now in talks of giving reservation to the Dhangar community.

“But let me tell you that monetary relief alone is not enough. We will have to provide water for farming through sustainable irrigation. During the five years, we carried out several watershed management projects through the Jalyukta Shivar programme,” he said.

First Published: Oct 10, 2019 20:29 IST

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