Shah read­ies BJP for bat­tle of Bara­mati

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Anurag Bende [email protected]­dia.net

Pune: A day af­ter Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar hinted at con­test­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pres­i­dent Amit Shah asked party work­ers in Pune district to work to­wards win­ning the Bara­mati seat, con­sid­ered Pawar’s strong­hold.

“If we win less than 45 seats in Ma­ha­rash­tra (out of 48), it won’t be called a vic­tory. I want my party work­ers to win me 45 seats from the state, and to achieve this, we have to win Bara­mati,” Shah said on Satur­day dur­ing a visit to the city.

Pawar’s daugh­ter Supriya Sule is the in­cum­bent Bara­mati MP. Shah, who was in Pune to ad­dress the party’s booth com­mit­tee mem­bers from Bara­mati, Shirur and Pune con­stituen­cies, asked party work­ers to work hard to en­sure they win this seat.

“Make sure not a sin­gle seat goes to peo­ple who en­cour­age cor­rup­tion. Our al­liance shouldn’t get less than 45 seats in the state,” Shah said.

Shah also crit­i­cised Pawar for his per­for­mance as agri­cul­ture min­is­ter in the UPA gov­ern­ment. “I chal­lenge Sharadrao to come out in pub­lic and give fig­ures of how much of farm­ers’ pro­duce the gov­ern­ment bought dur­ing UPA’s ten­ture and how much it has been bought dur­ing Modi’s ten­ure. If you talk about farm­ers, then give th­ese fig­ures to farm­ers,” he said.

—PTI

Amit Shah (cen­tre) at the BJP’s booth com­mit­tee meet­ing in Pune

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