Maharashtra is set to be the political battleground between Shiv Sena and BJP as elections for presidents in 25 Zilla Parishads across the state will be held on Tuesday. BJP leadership is confident about scoring big after spectacular performances in BMC and other civic bodies polls. BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi got historic mandates in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The party also managed to form coalition governments in Goa and Manipur. Notably, these 25 Zilla Parishads across Maharashtra went to polls last month to elect their members, in which the BJP made inroads into hinterland, according to reports. Now the outcome today’s polls will further strengthen its position in the state.
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10:10 am: In Sangli, all the three local strongmen Jayant Patil (NCP), Patangrao Kadam (Congress) and Anil Babar (Sena) have serious differences among them.
10:00 am: The Minister for Women and Child Development Pankaja Munde is reported to have invoked family ties her late father Gopinath Munde had with the Thackeray family.
9:50 am: Former NCP MLA Suresh Dhas, who has five corporators in his camp, is likely to lend support to the BJP.
9:40 am: In Beed ZP, it is an interesting battle developing with former NCP MLA Badamrao Pandit, who joined Sena recently, opposing the saffron party joining hands with the NCP.
9:30 am: Sena minister of state for Cooperation Dada Bhuse has a dispute with the Medical Education Minister and BJP leader Girish Mahajan.
9:20 am: In Nashik, the NCP is in a dilemma over whether to support the Congress, Sena or align with the BJP.
9:10 am: In Osmanabad, more than the dispute with the NCP, local MP Ravi Gaikwad is in disagreement with Sena Sampark Pramukh Tanaji Sawant.
9:00 am: In Kolhapur, Sena MLA Chandradeep Narke has a long standing political feud with former Congress MLA P N Patil.
8:47 am: According to sources, in Nanded, Sena MLA Prataprao Chikhalikar is against any tie-up with his arch rival Congress MP and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Ashok Chavan.
8:37 am: The only possibility of Sena having any understanding with the BJP is in Sindhudurg district, where it needs the BJP’s support to stop its arch rival and local Congress strongman Narayan Rane from securing power in ZP.
8:27 am: He said the leaders of the Sena, Congress and NCP are not even on talking terms in Kolhapur, Sangli, Nanded, Nashik, Beed and Osmanabad ZPs.
8:17 am: “Local Sena leaders have refused to toe the party leadership’s directive saying that after having fought a bitter election against the Congress and NCP, it’s unthinkable to join hands with them now,” a Sena leader said.
8:07 am: According to a report, though ‘Matoshree’ (read party president Uddhav Thackeray) had issued a diktat to align with Congress and NCP for tomorrow’s polls, the same has not gone down well with local Sena leaders in at least six ZPs.
7:57 am: Meanwhile, if the sources in the Sena to be believed, the party may join hands with the Congress and the NCP to unsettle the BJP’s calculations to secure power in at least 11 out of 25 ZPs.
7:47 am: If the Congress and the NCP come together, they can have their ZP presidents and vice-presidents in Ahmednagar, Nanded, Parbhani, Osmanabad, and Amravati. The Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) has full majority in Raigad.
7:37 am: The Sharad Pawar-led NCP enjoys full majority in Pune and Satara, while Congress enjoys the same in Sindhudurg. Similarly, the BJP has a majority in in Latur, Wardha and Chandrapur, while Sena has the majority in Ratnagiri.
7:35 am: If Sena decides to join hands with the BJP, they can install their own ZP presidents and vice-presidents in Nashik, Jalgaon, Aurangabad, Jalna, Yavatmal and Buldhana.
7:33 am: In Buldhana, the BJP has won the highest 24 seats, followed by the Congress (14), Sena (9) and the NCP (8).
7:31 am: In Jalgaon, the home turf of senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse and the Medical education minister Girish Mahajan, BJP is the single largest party with 33 and needs just one seat to win the ZP president’s post.
7:29 am: In Jalna, the home district of the BJP state president Raosaheb Danve, the saffron party is the single largest party with 22 seats while Sena’s strength is 14, followed by the NCP (13) and Congress (5).
7:27 am: In Kolhapur, the home district of Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, the BJP and the Congress are tied at 14 in the house of 67, where NCP has 11 members, Sena 10 and others 18.
7:25 am: The Sena’s stand is keenly watched in Jalna, Aurangabad, Buldhana, Jalgaon, Sangli, and Kolhapur.