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Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 01:12 AM IST

BJP tries to woo Raju Shetti’s party to join NDA

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Mumbai: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis have set a target to win 45 Lok Sabha seats out of 48 in the Parliament polls. Aiming to achieve the target, the BJP has already convinced its ally Shiv Sena, which was unhappy with the BJP and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

After Sena, BJP is now trying to woo Raju Shettiled Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS). Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis sent Srikant Bharatiya, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the chief minister’s office to meet Shetti to convey Fadnavis’ message.

However, Shetti rejected the proposal to re-join BJP-led NDA. Bharatiya met Shetti at Hotel Sahakar in Pune on Tuesday evening. According to Anil Pawar, leader of Swabhimani Sanghatana, Bharatiya conveyed the CM’s message that the BJP is ready to accept all conditions of Shetti.

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“Shetti informed him that he would not join the BJP at all. If, Congress- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance will not accept their conditions, he will form the fourth front against the ruling BJP alliance and the Mahagathbandhan of Congress- NCP,” said Pawar. Pawar further added that, however, the Swabhimani will wait for the next two days, else will announce the list of candidates.

Another leader from Swabhimani said, “NCP chief Sharad Pawar called Shetti and told him that NCP-Congress alliance are ready to leave Hatkangale, Wardha and Sangli seats for Swabhimani. We may accept this offer and the final decision would be announced on Thursday.” Swabhimani has left its claim on Buldhana seat and convinced party’s probable candidate Ravikant Tupkar to contest assembly polls. Tupkar is party’s state president.

Swabhimani will field former union minister Subodh Mohite from Wardha, whereas, they will field a family member of former chief minister late Vasantdada Patil from Sangli.The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis have set a target to win 45 Lok Sabha seats out of 48 in the Parliament polls.

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Aiming to achieve the target, the BJP has already convinced its ally Shiv Sena, which was unhappy with the BJP and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). After Sena, BJP is now trying to woo Raju Shettiled Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS). Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis sent Srikant Bharatiya, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the chief minister’s office to meet Shetti to convey Fadnavis’ message.

However, Shetti rejected the proposal to re-join BJP-led NDA. Bharatiya met Shetti at Hotel Sahakar in Pune on Tuesday evening. According to Anil Pawar, leader of Swabhimani Sanghatana, Bharatiya conveyed the CM’s message that the BJP is ready to accept all conditions of Shetti.

“Shetti informed him that he would not join the BJP at all. If, Congress- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance will not accept their conditions, he will form the fourth front against the ruling BJP alliance and the Mahagathbandhan of Congress- NCP,” said Pawar.

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Pawar further added that, however, the Swabhimani will wait for the next two days, else will announce the list of candidates. Another leader from Swabhimani said, “NCP chief Sharad Pawar called Shetti and told him that NCP-Congress alliance are ready to leave Hatkangale, Wardha and Sangli seats for Swabhimani.

We may accept this offer and the final decision would be announced on Thursday.” Swabhimani has left its claim on Buldhana seat and convinced party’s probable candidate Ravikant Tupkar to contest assembly polls. Tupkar is party’s state president. Swabhimani will field former union minister Subodh Mohite from Wardha, whereas, they will field a family member of former chief minister late Vasantdada Patil from Sangli.

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Published on: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 06:38 AM IST
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