BJP, rivals prepare for rural Maha showdown
MUMBAI: It isn’t just the civic polls in Mumbai and other cities that political parties are busy preparing for, as plans are being made to win mandate even in rural Maharashtra. Beginning October, elections will be held for 26 zilla parishads (ZP), or district councils, which look after local governance in rural areas across the five regions of Maharashtra. The state election commission on Friday started the procedure to conduct the elections.
While the NCP and the Congress rule majority of the ZPs in the state, the ruling BJP is planning to increase its strength at the rural level. The outcome of the ZP elections will show whether the party has succeeded in establishing itself in rural Maharashtra.
Earlier this year, the BJP government presented the annual budget, which focused on rural areas and farmers. >> CONTINUED ON P8