Looking to go beyond the half-way mark of 145, or even crossing 200 in the state assembly of 288 seats, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah said that the party would work in each and every seat in Maharashtra to get a mammoth majority, as reported by Indian Express. He however revealed that the mammoth preparations were being made for the October 2019 assembly elections, and he ruled out a mid-term polls in Maharashtra. While interacting with media at a party office in Dadar, Shah said, “Yes, we are working on each and every seat to consolidate our electoral base across Maharashtra.”No comments were passed by him on the role of alliance partners in the next elections.
BJP with 122 seats has formed the government with the help of Shiv Sena and aims for 200-plus seats in the house of 288 in the next elections. Accordingly, it will have to work in constituencies held by the Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP and smaller parties. Shiv Sena’s conflict with BJP in the coalition, Shah has ruled out the mid-term polls. According to Indian Express, BJP President said, “The Maharashtra government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, will complete its full five-year tenure.”The assembly elections in Maharashtra would be held as per schedule in October 2019, he added. Shah in the meeting with media also stated that “The BJP has cordial relations with all alliance partners and he don’t perceive it as a headache.”
Shah also attended a series of meetings with state unit officials, cabinet ministers and organizational cell in the last two days and reviewed the work and discussed the shortcomings that is needed to be worked out. He requested the ministers with poor performance to focus on their work. Discussing the farmers’ strike and loan waiver he complimented the chief minister for tackling the agrarian crisis well and said, “Loan waiver is the discretion of state governments. I am sure the chief minister has considered all aspects and taken the loan waiver decision.” He highlighted several policy measures of the Centre and stated that by May 26, 2018, not a single village will be without electricity.