Nanded: ‘Im­ported’ lead­ers, GST blamed for BJP fi­asco

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Pra­fulla.Marpak­war @times­

Mum­bai: A day af­ter the Congress swept the Nand­edWaghala Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion elec­tion win­ning 73 of the 81 seats, a top BJP politi­cian at­trib­uted the de­feat of his party to the in­or­di­nate de­lay in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the farm loan waiver scheme, load-shed­ding, GST “ha­rass­ment”, pres­ence of “im­ported” can­di­dates and, above all, al­low­ing the cam­paign to be con­cen­trated in the hands of “im­ported” lead­ers and a re­tired bu­reau­crat.

“Af­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis took charge of the state gov­ern­ment, BJP’s per­for­mance in elec­tions soared, but now peo­ple are fac­ing hard­ship on all fronts,” he said. “On the eve of the fes­tive sea­son, there is no re­lief for the com­mon man.”

The BJP politi­cian said strong mea­sures were not taken to halt in­fla­tion. “In Ma­ha­rash­tra, prices of petrol and diesel are high­est,” he said.

He said farmer sui­cides were ris­ing steadily. “CM had an­nounced a loan waiver for 89 lakh farm­ers be­fore the fes­tive sea­son, but so far, there’s been no move­ment in that di­rec­tion Farm­ers are un­happy with the on­line sys­tem,” he said.

In Nanded, cam­paign­ing and strat­egy was en­trusted to a leader who had moved from Shiv Sena to the BJP on the eve of the polls. “In the en­tire process, we com­pletely ig­nored our lo­cal lead­er­ship,” he said.

For the first time both Shiv Sena and MIM came to the res­cue of the Congress, he said. “Wher­ever pos­si­ble, Shiv Sena and MIM ac­tivists cam­paigned and voted in favour of Congress. As a re­sult, while Shiv Sena won only one seat, MIM was not able to open its ac­count.”

BJP spokesper­son Mad­hav Bhan­dari called the Nanded re­sult Ashok Cha­van’s per­sonal vic­tory rather than a vic­tory for the Congress. “It ap­pears that mem­bers of the mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity have voted in favour of the Congress in not only Nanded but most civic bod­ies that are in ar­eas dom­i­nated by mem­bers of the mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity,” Bhan­dari said.

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