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Maharashtra polls: Amid alliance talks, Amit Shah says BJP will be back

Taking on the Sena, which has been projecting Aaditya Thackeray as its chief minister candidate, Shah said Devendra Fadnavis would be back as CM.

ET Bureau|
Sep 23, 2019, 07.10 AM IST
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MUMBAI: Union home minister Amit Shah has hinted that the BJP is prepared to go it alone in Maharashtra.

Addressing a meeting on assembly polls, Amit Shah said: “Whether something happens or not the BJP will come back to power in Maharashtra with a majority. The NDA government will win more than two thirds of the seats.” The statement ‘whether something happens or not” is being read by BJP leaders in reference to the alliance talks with the Shiv Sena, which has been demanding an equal share of seats.

Taking on the Sena, which has been projecting Aaditya Thackeray as its chief minister candidate, Shah said Devendra Fadnavis would be back as CM.

Shah also spoke on how the abrogation of Article 370 will be a huge part of the BJP’s campaign. He said the people of the state will not forgive the Congress and the NCP for opposing the abrogation. A big part of Shah’s speech was about 370 and how the Congress and NCP were playing politics while the BJP was talking of nationalism. “Ghulam Nabi Azad asked us how would abrogation of Article 370 help the integration of Kashmir with India… I want to tell him that we never used to say Bengal is ours or Maharashtra is part of our country. We had to frequently say that about J and Kashmir because of Article 370,”said Shah.

Shah also slammed Rahul Gandhi for claiming that Article 370 is a political issue, saying, “You have come today in politics, our three generations have never shied away from sacrificing on the issue and for us it is an issue of nationalism not politics,” said Shah.

The home minister said that the three dynastic parties in J&K have been fearing ever since the government of PM Narendra Modi came to power the second time and these parties would be wiped out politically. Slamming the Congress, he said: “40,000 people have died in Kashmir and these guys are questioning what would you achieve by removing Article 370. We would soon be able to rid Kashmir of terrorism.

Talking about peace in Kashmir, Shah said, “Kashmiris are peacefully going about their daily activities. There is no curfew, 97 % landlines and 67% cell phones are working.”

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