Deputy CM takes dig at Fadnavis, says BJP will come a cropper in 2022 municipal company polls
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday mentioned the Assembly Speaker’s submit, which is mendacity vacant following the resignation of Nana Patole, would stay with the Congress.
“The decision regarding the Speaker’s post had already been decided. The post will stay with the Congress. In the event of any change in this equation, that decision will be taken by the heads of the Shiv Sena [Uddhav Thackeray], the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) [Sharad Pawar] and the Congress [Sonia Gandhi] which constitutes the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition,” Mr. Pawar mentioned.
At the time of the formation of the MVA, the Sena staked declare to the Chief Ministership, the NCP secured the Deputy CM’s submit, and the Congress received the Speaker’s submit as ‘compensation’.
With the Speaker’s seat now empty, it was speculated that if the NCP or the Sena staked their claims to it, then the Congress would demand a separate Deputy Chief Ministerial submit. Mr. Patole had give up the submit earlier than his appointment as the brand new Congress State president.
Mr. Pawar additionally took jibes at Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, remarking that his boast of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retaining key civic our bodies of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad would come a cropper within the 2022 polls. “Mr. Fadnavis has said that the BJP would go it alone for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) civic polls. They claim to be confident of victory… but I’m warning them that we [MVA] will steal their thunder,” mentioned Mr. Pawar.
In 2017, the BJP had damaged the NCP’s stranglehold over the PCMC (Ajit Pawar’s bastion in Pune) and the PMC, sweeping each civic our bodies. The BJP has 77 corporators within the PCMC and 100 within the PMC.
The BJP has begun preparations in earnest, anticipating the 2022 electoral wrestle for the 2 cash-rich civic our bodies. Mr. Pawar, in his capability as Pune’s Guardian Minister, is girding the NCP’s loins to tackle the BJP.