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Maha BJP prepared for mid-term polls: Fadnavis

Maha BJP prepared for mid-term polls: Fadnavis

Strained relations between the BJP and its alliance partner Shiv Sena has led to speculations over mid-term polls in the state against the backdrop of farmers' stir for loan waiver in view of the agrarian crisis.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated that his BJP was ready for mid-term elections in Maharashtra and would win on its own strength in a reaction to Sena MP Sanjay Raut's recent comments that the party would withdraw support to BJP if it failed to announce a complete farm loan waiver.

However, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said that if they had money to fight elections they should give it to farmers and hence the question of mid-term elections does not arise.

"Some people had said that they will withdraw support and bring down the government".

"If someone wants to impel us to go for mid-term polls, I am confident we will be able to form government again", he added.

"We did not care for power and supported the farmers".

No one can "blackmail" the ruling party ahead of the election, Fadnavis told reporters during an interaction on Wednesday.




Last week, Shiv Sena had said it might take an "independent" stand in the run-up to the presidential election on July 17.

The meeting assumes significance for the BJP as the Shiv Sena is the most vocal critic of the party, the Prime Minister and also Fadnavis.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had recently said that if the government does not implement the provisions of loan waiver by next month, the party could withdraw support to the state government.

The Fadnavis-Thackeray war-of-words comes on the eve of BJP president Amit Shah's three-day visit to Mumbai.

Congress MLA Nitesh Rane has made a unique request with the Guinness Book of World Records, saying that the Shiv Sena should be registered for recording the highest number of threats to leave the Maharashtra government.

However, the chief minister did not name the parties.


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