Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is trying to engineer a break in the Congress in the eye of the coming state assembly polls, supposed state Congress president Ashok Chavan.
'A section congress legislator informed me that Fadnavis is persuading them to join the BJP. Fadnavis is trying to engineer a split in the Congress,' Chavan said to TOI. 'I am sure no congress legislator will succumb to the CM’s pressure. Our party is intact, and the outcome of ensuing assembly polls will be different than the Lok Sabha elections.'
Chavan chaired marathon meeting of senior Congress leaders of Marathwada and North Maharashtra to analysis the results of the Lok Sabha polls and party’s awareness for the state assembly polls. The meeting was presented by the AICC general secretary Mallikharjun Kharge, Ex CMs Prithviraj Chavan and Sushilkumar Shinde, and party speaker Sachin Sawant.
Unusually, a section of Senior Congress leader of Marathwada conveyed. Reservations on the duty of NCP activists at the time of Lok Sabha polls. if a senior Congress leader is to be accepted, then alternatively of canvassing for Congress applicants, NCP party leaders were canvassing for BJP candidates, especially in Nanded, Chavan’s hometown where he was lost. It was noticed that instead of joined in the NCP, it was earlier too joined with veteran Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar for an alliance with the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA).” the VBA will be a better choice than the NCP,” a senior Congress leader stated.
Chavan allowed that a section of Congress legislators was in help of alliance with VBA, but so far, no acceptance has been taken. “We are open for discussions with Ambedkar on an alliance for the assembly elections. There were no discussions on an alliance with the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena,” he said.
Senior Congress leaders accepted that the coming of VBA in the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress defeat above 12 seats, however, the NCP also faced a major problem due to a break in Dalit and Muslim votes. “The VBA was sponsored by the BJP. It benefited the BJP to a great extent,” the Congress leader said