Shah's visit to address future of BJP-SS alliance: Observers
Amid difference of opinion over Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena tie up, tomorrow's scheduled visit of the BJP national president Amit Shah is being considered as an important event in the political arena for continuity of the alliance in the coming Assembly election of Maharashtra.
Though BJP office bearers have termed Mr Shah's visit a 'courtesy visit', political pundits feel that addressing dissent within the alliance would remain at the centre stage in all of the discussions.
BJP local spokesperson Chandan Goswami today said, 'it is a courtesy visit of Shah, who after becoming the BJP national president is arriving here to call on the RSS top brass Mohan Bhagwat and other senior leaders of it as well as of BJP. During his day-long visit, Mr Shah will attend meetings and discuss political issues in view of the coming elections.
A BJP stalwart and a close confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Shah, who engineered commendable results for the party in the most difficult state, Uttar Pradesh, is being considered an important factor to exhibit the same results in the assembly elections of Maharashtra.
Political observers however feel that BJP has strong grip over Vidarbha region and its adjoining areas due to the contributions of Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, but in western parts of the state and near Pune and Konkan areas, the Shiv Sena has a better impact than the BJP.
Absence of Gopinath Munde, the senior BJP leader and former union minister who died recently in a road accident, has also affected the party which will have to work hard to perform well in the regions where the Sena has better hold.
Meanwhile BJP state president Devendra Fadnavis indicated that Mr Shah is in favour of continuing the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the Assembly elections.
The Mumbai unit of the BJP, however, appears to be a divided house over the issue, with some interested in breaking ties while the other faction in a mood to continue the alliance.
After discussing the issue with various factions committees, the core committee of the BJP has already handed over its report to Mr Shah in New Delhi.
Party sources said the final decision on the issue would be taken by Mr Shah and his tomorrow's scheduled visit to Nagpur is being considered as crucial one in this connection.
The bitterness between BJP and Shiv Sena has surfaced over the Chief Minister's post as both of the political parties are eyeing it. The BJP is making its claim on the coveted post while the Sena is pleading that the post should go to the larger faction emerging with larger number of MLAs in the election.
Local political observers informed that the BJP grabbed 10 percent of the vote share of Congress in the Lok Sabha election in Maharashtra, which may shift in the Assembly election.
Keeping in mind this fact, the BJP is working hard and has constituted booth level committees, informed Mr Goswami, adding that the workers of the party have been directed to conduct door-to-door programmes.
Local BJP leaders stated that in view of inflation, the party will have to work hard in order to display glorious victory in the Assembly elections which in all likelyhood is going to miss the whirlwind aggressive campaign of Mr Modi.
(Posted on 17-07-2014)