Amit Shah wants Baramati seat

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 10 February 2019

BJP president tells workers in Pune that the party should seize NCP’s bastion

PUNE: Targeting NCP President Sharad Pawar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national President Amit Shah, on Saturday, asked party workers to make a resolve to win not less than 45 seats, including Baramati. 

The Baramati constituency has been a bastion for Pawar and currently his daughter Supriya Sule is representing the constituency. 

Shah was addressing booth committee members and party workers from the Western Maharashtra cluster of Baramati, Shirur and Pune Lok Sabha Constituencies. The meet was held at Ganesh Kala Krida auditorium in Pune. More than five thousand booth committee members were present for the review meeting.

In the meeting, Pune city unit chief Yogesh Gogawale handed over the internal report of the three constituencies carried out by the Rambhau Mhalgi Shikshan Prabodhini. Pune District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat gave information about booth centres of the cluster on the occasion. 

Shah told party workers to conduct two-wheeler rallies, ensure family support to BJP (workers should have to click pictures and post them on social media) and associate each booth committee member with ten beneficiaries of government schemes. He gave a 45-minute speech and criticised Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on corruption and Congress as a party of a family.

While targeting NCP, Shah said that in last election, the party did not field a candidate in Baramati. This time, the party wants to win Baramati. “Without Baramati, our target of 45 seats will not be met. If we win Baramati, the number can be achieved,” he said. 

Shah also said, “Party should not leave a single seat to the people, who were involved in corruption in Maharashtra.”

State BJP President Raosaheb Danve assured Shah that they would win 43 seats in the LS elections. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “In 2014, we won 42 seats. This time, we will make the tally to 43. I would like to say that we are ready to fight for all 48 seats with complete strength.”

He added that last time, Mahadev Jankar lost the Baramati seat by a meagre margin, but this time, BJP will field a candidate on Lotus (party) symbol. “Last time, had there been a lotus symbol, we would have won the Baramati seat also. This time, we will not commit the mistake again,” he said.

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