PUNE: “The BJP government has failed to fulfill the assurances given before the elections and people are not happy with its performance,” said former deputy chief minister and senior leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Ajit Pawar on Thursday.
He was speaking during an interaction organised by the Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ) at Patrakar Bhavan. He said, “The government has done nothing in four years. However, they are advertising their so-called achievements by spending crores of rupees. They have spent Rs 4,500 crore on publicity on the occasion of the completion of four years. A year is left for the Lok Sabha elections. You can imagine how much they will spend in the last year.”
“They haven’t completed even a single project. They knew it very well so they are launching new projects. In the Gujarat and Karnataka elections, the BJP has not got votes as per their expectations,” said Pawar.
Commenting on Pune-centric issues, he said there has been no development in the State and within the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits. “We can see the slow pace of the Metro work and lack of decision on the Biodiversity Project (BDP),” he added.
Pawar said, “The BJP and the Shiv Sena won’t go solo in the next elections. If they do so, they will face problems. Both parties know this well.”
Pawar also criticised BJP leaders’ meetings with celebrities.
CLAIM ON PUNE LOK SABHA SEAT
When asked to comment on his recent claim to the Pune Lok Sabha seat, Pawar said, “We made the claim on the basis of our party’s performance in PMC polls and the State Assembly polls. But it is not in our hands. NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Congress President Rahul Gandhi will decide on this. There is no point in discussing this issue at the State level.”