LokSabha 2019: BJP leaves Shiv Sena to fend for itself in the Maval, Shirur LS polls

ST Correspondent
Monday, 1 April 2019

While BJP President Amit Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are displaying an extraordinary bonhomie with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, local BJP leaders have left the Shiv Sena candidates in Maval and Shirur Lok Sabha constituencies to fend for themselves in the poll campaigns.

Pimpri: While BJP President Amit Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are displaying an extraordinary bonhomie with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, local BJP leaders have left the Shiv Sena candidates in Maval and Shirur Lok Sabha constituencies to fend for themselves in the poll campaigns.

Shiv Sena leaders MP Sanjay Raut and MLC Neelam Gorhe have met BJP Pimpri Chinchwad Unit President and MLA Laxman Jagtap to urge his support to Maval’s Sena candidate and sitting MP Shrirang Barne. Shiv Sena has not shared photos and other details of these two meetings with their supporters or the media, indicating that all was not well.

But Jagtap has to this date refused to clarify his stance on supporting Barne. Jagtap had stayed away from a coordination committee meeting of BJP and Shiv Sena leaders convened by District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat.

Subsequently, Bapat was nominated as BJP candidate in Pune Lok Sabha seat and since then, no senior BJP leaders have made any serious efforts to launch a united saffron alliance poll campaign in Maval and Shirur parliamentary constituencies.

In an attempt to end the political animosity, both Barne and Shiv Sena’s Shirur sitting MP Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil had called on the sulking MLAs Jagtap and Mahesh Landge, respectively. But the results haven’t reassured the Shiv Sena candidates.

Both Jagtap and Landge were aspiring to contest the Maval and Shirur Lok Sabha seats, respectively, and therefore they are not yet mentally prepared to support their arch political rivals.

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