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As Shiv Sena fuels agri unrest BJP mulls snap polls in Maharashtra

Weighed down by the farmers strike on the loan waiver issue and exasperated with Shiv Sean’s fierce the BJP is contemplating mid-term elections in the state.

CM Devendra Fadnavis is keen on holding mid-term polls in the state to get rid of the sena which has teamed up with Kissan Kranti Morcha.

The CM has told few of his party colleagues that he is in no mood to give a long rope to Matoshree.

Senior state BJP functionaries will discuss this issue with Amit Shah on June 17 during his Mumbai visit.

Shah is expected to meet Maharashtra BJP functionaries during his three day stay in the city.

“We have two options before us. Either create a split in the Congress-NCP or the Sena to prop up our minority regime or go for mid-term elections. A sizeable section in the party is in favour of the second option,” said a key state BJP functionary

However favourable findings of a recent opinion poll has triggered confidence in BJP rank and file about fresh elections in Maharashtra .

The poll says that state assembly elections be held sometime in November or December this year.

“The BJP’s TRP is intact across the nation, thanks to Narendra-ji’s (Modi) unabated popularity and the Opposition’s inability to throw up a charismatic leader to take on the PM,” said a party MLA

Yet the farmers strike, which entered the sixth day on Tuesday has brought internal contradictions in the state BJP.

The 40 something group of farmers ,which are spear heading the strike across the state have turned down Fadnavis offer of partial loan waiver which if implemented will entail an additional burden of 30,000 crore on the state exchequer.

Fadnavis said he is upset with Sena for its open support to the striking farmers.

A delegation of agilating farmers met Raj Thackeray at his Shivaji Park residence on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Saamna on Tuesday warned the Fadnavis government that empty assurance would not help resolve the farmers agitation.

Urging the state government to accept the farmers demand for complete loan waiver the Sena mouthpiece said “Hundred percent” Maharashtra Bandh on Monday reflects the anger brewing among farmers.


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