Shah readies BJP for battle of Baramati
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.
Amit Shah (centre) at the BJP’s booth committee meeting in Pune