Pune: After taking cognisance of different political parties' agitations on various issues in the State, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has realised the importance of showing its strength against the background of forthcoming Maharashtra State Assembly and Lok Sabha polls. For the first time, the party has organised a huge rally in Mumbai on the occasion of party’s Foundation Day on Friday. The party is expecting a turnout of 2 lakh party workers and city leaders said that more than 25,000 party workers from the city will participate in the rally.
BJP is enjoying power in the Centre as well as in the State from past four years. However, the party had never organised a huge rally to show its strength. Now, when opposition parties, social organisations are busy organising big rallies in the State and against government policies, BJP has decided to show its strength in public.
According to sources, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Maharashtra State Unit President Raosaheb Danve have decided to organise the rally to assemble party workers at Mumbai on the occasion of its 38th Foundation Day which will be celebrated on Friday at MMRDA Grounds in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).
One senior office-bearer of BJP said, “We are conducting different rallies in various part of the State, but, there is no collective effort to show our strength. Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and other parties arrange huge rallies on their party foundation day and hence, our leaders were thinking even we should organise this type of rally to show our strength ahead of the forthcoming polls.
From the beginning of this year, different parties and social organisation conducted agitations with huge strength like the Maratha Morcha, farmers' march, different Dalit organisations' rallies etc and hence, it is not a good sign for us. If opposition parties and other organisations could do it, we also should arrange such a rally to counter their rallies and start our campaign for 2019 elections.”
Yogesh Gogawale, Pune City Unit Chief of BJP said, “It is not an answer to rallies held by other political parties. Different party units across the State conduct rallies but in a scattered manner. Now, we have decided to come under one roof in Mumbai on the occasion of our party’s foundation day. All city-based legislators, corporators, local party leaders have promised to make transport arrangements for the rally.”