Beed : Expressing confidence in Pankaja Munde, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said that she would carry forward the legacy of her late father Gopinath Munde and work for welfare of the poor and backward classes.

“We should resolve that we will continue the task of securing justice to all backward castes under Pankaja’s leadership,” Shah said while addressing an election rally at Bhagwangad in Ahmednagar’s Pathardi taluka.

This was Shah’s first public rally after BJP snapped its 25-year-old ties with poll partner Shiv Sena. The elections to the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly are scheduled on October 15.

“BJP made a person from backward class the Prime Minister. A prominent policy of this government is to work for the welfare of backward classes. In the coming days, we will take this policy forward in Maharashtra as well,” the BJP president said.

“I went to Chondi and now am in Bhagwangad, where Munde addressed his last public meetings to pay tribute to him,” he said.

“The poor and backward classes were the focus of Munde’s journey of struggle from Beed to Delhi,” Shah said. “I know what you people have in your mind,” Shah said, apparently referring to the demands from the crowds who shouted that Pankaja must be given the top job after the assembly polls.

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