SHIRUR: After offering prayers at Ambabai temple in Kolhapur and as chants of ‘Jai Bhawani-Jai Shivaji’ rent the air, home minister Amit Shah sets off on another round of campaigning for the Maharashtra elections, predicting that the end of opposition NCP-Congress is near. Shah exudes confidence that BJP will maintain its winning streak and Devendra Fadnavis will return for a second term as CM as he recalled the “misrule” during the Congress-NCP alliance government and looks to emphasise his party’s nationalist credentials.
BJP won more than 300 seats in the recent Lok Sabha polls after which Prime Minister Modi removed Article 370 and incorporated Kashmir with the country’s mainstream,”
Addressing a rally in Karad, Shah questioned Congress’s apprehensions about steps taken by the Modi government on national security: “There could not be a bigger irony that the Congress did nothing for national security and when Modi government is taking measures, the opposition party is questioning them,” Shah said, getting a round of applause from the crowd.Though this is a state poll, national issues have figured prominently in speeches with ruling party frequently underlining the decisive and firm leadership of Prime Minister and steps taken by his government like the nullification of Article 370 and Article 35A subsequent to the resounding verdict in Modi’s favour in the Lok Sabha polls.“BJP won more than 300 seats in the recent Lok Sabha polls after which Prime Minister Modi removed Article 370 and incorporated Kashmir with the country’s mainstream,” Shah said at Kolhapur. In Shirur assembly constituency of Pune district Shah was on a roadshow, the first in the current Maharashtra polls. During the roadshow, Republican Party flags were seen with the BJP, but not that of ally Shiv Sena.BJP and Sena are contesting the polls as allies but the ongoing campaign has seen the two treading cautiously with the regional ally appearing wary after being forced to play second fiddle bagging lesser seats in the seat sharing arrangements. Sena has already come out with its own manifesto and BJP is likely to release its own soon. In campaigns, posters and banners, the two allies are rarely mentioned together.Shah, however, spoke of the strength of the alliance drawing a comparison between contestants spearheading the challenge. “There are two options for people of Maharashtra; On the one hand there are Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray and on the other side are Rahul Baba and Sharad Pawar. People of the state have to choose between them!” Shah says.
The BJP chief attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, saying, “Through air strike, PM Modi destroyed terror camps and killed terrorists but Rahul Gandhi accused PM of “khoon ki dalali”.Urging people to vote for BJP, Shah said the “double-decker” governments (Centre and state) have already delivered for the state and another mandate was needed to maintain the momentum.