After a convincing round of victory in the first leg of the Maharashtra civic polls, CM Devendra Fadnavis ended the suspense on Tuesday over its alliance with Shiv Sena saying that the tie-up is very much on for the BMC Polls 2017.
“BJP national president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given me full freedom to decide on the coalition with the Shiv Sena. The party’s national leadership has shown confidence in me. I am honestly doing my responsibility to make the party number one by winning 893 corporators and 51 council president posts. After the victory, we have a lot of responsibility for the people of Maharashtra and we have to deliver the change,” Fadnavis told Firstpost.
Talking about the quantum leap in terms of performance of his party, the chief minister said, “In the 2011 election, we didn’t have a single corporator in 80 Municipal Councils and in 26 councils we had merely one corporator. So in next 100 days, you would see the lotus everywhere like parliamentary and assembly elections.”
“Many media analyses had said that the verdict would be against the BJP due to the Maratha Morcha, drought and demonetisation decision. Bu the results show that the ground reality is different. I am confident that in the next three phase we will maintain number one position. This time in western Maharashtra which are the bastions of Congress and the NCP we won the president post too,” Fadnavis said.
“We both know if we come together no one can beat us. I have a very good rapport with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. There is no rift and no misunderstanding between us. There are some issues at the local level but we can sort this out. I am in regular touch with Uddhav,” he said.
Indicating that BJP is firm on retaining the alliance, the Maharashtra chief minister said that it was the Shiv Sena who waited till the last moment to finalise the alliance in these phase of polls.
With the win in the first round of civic polls, the BJP has already demanded higher stakes in the next BMC polls.
“We want a 50:50 seat distribution arrangement with the Shiv Sena in the BMC poll,”said Mumbai unit BJP president Ashish Shelar.
In the 2012 BMC polls, out of 227 seats Shiv Sena had contested in 135, BJP in 72 and the Republican Party of India in 20 seats.