Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019, Amit Shah Rally Today Updates: BJP president invokes Article 370 to target Congress, NCP in Sangli

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Updated:Oct 10, 2019 7:57:40 pm

Maharashtra election news: The BJP and Shiv Sena are contesting the Maharashtra Assembly elections in an alliance. They have set a target to win more than 200 of the 288 Assembly seats.

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Amit Shah Rally in Maharashtra Today Updates: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday hit out at the Congress and NCP for opposing the Modi government’s move to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing an election rally at Jat in Sangli, he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing a “great job”. He said that the Prime Minister has ensured national security. Slamming the Congress and NCP, he said, “Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar should make it clear if they favour scrapping of Article 370.” The BJP president maintained that under PM Modi’s watch, the national security has strengthened and the entire world now knows that “10 enemies will be killed if one Indian jawan is martyred”. He said that while referring to the Balakot air strike after the Pulwama terror attack. The Bharatiya Janata Party has joined the ranks with the Shiv Sena. While the BJP is trying its luck from 150 seats, the Shiv Sena is in the fray from 124 constituencies. The remaining 14 seats have been allotted to the remaining NDA constituents. The BJP and Shiv Sena have set a target of winning more than 200 of the 288 seats. The ruling dispensation is facing a direct challenge from the Congress-NCP combine. However, several opinion polls have predicted an easy win for the NDA.

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    The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly has 288 seats. The single-phase polling on October 21 will cover all the constituencies and the results will be announced on October 24.