- In case of mid-term polls, BJP will get majority: Devendra Fadnavis
- Fadnavis apparently responded to Sena's threat to destablise government
- Sena has been constant annoyance for BJP since they took power in 2014
"If anyone is threatening to destabilise the government, then we are ready for a midterm election," Mr Fadnavis told reporters yesterday, on a visit to Delhi.
A snap election "will ensure that the BJP emerges as the single largest party in the state", asserted the Chief Minister in an outburst that reflected his irritation at the Sena's unrelenting taunts.
Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray offered a swift rebuttal to Mr Fadnavis's poll proposition saying that "the money meant for election spends should be used for waiving off farm loans".
Recently, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut commented that "after July the current Maharashtra government will be strangled".
The Sena, which has been a constant annoyance for the BJP since they took power in 2014, has seized the farmer protests in Maharashtra to bait its ally once again. Speaking to a Marathi news channel recently, Mr Raut implied that the Sena would withdraw support if a loan waiver was not announced for farmers.
The BJP's confidence is borne out by its strong performance in the state's local governing body polls. The party swept the polls to municipal corporations and zila parishads across the state, consolidating the Fadnavis-led BJP's grip on Maharashtra.
"This success was unprecedented and no other party achieved such a victory. The Congress-NCP couldn't attain such success even in their peak. So, people believe in the government," said Mr Fadnavis.
Despite the Chief Minister's conviction, however, sources say his party leadership doesn't favour rocking the boat before 2019, when both the national election and the Maharashtra polls are due.
Mr Fadnavis' sharp retort to the Sena coincides with the BJP's attempts to have all allies on board for the presidential election next month. BJP chief Amit Shah is to meet Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday in Mumbai.
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