BJP will oust Sena in 2022 polls: Fadnavis

Knowing his rivalry with CM Uddhav Thackeray, Narayan Rane will be a star campaigner, among others.

BJP will oust Sena in 2022 polls: Fadnavis

The BJP has pulled up its socks to begin its 'Mission Mumbai' to win the BMC polls in 2022. On Wednesday, the party held a strategic meeting in which the former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis challenged the Shiv Sena to use all its force to threaten the BJP, saying that "his party was all prepared to take on the Sena".

At the Mumbai BJP executive meeting, Fadnavis said: “When power goes to the head, it is a sure sign of downfall. Therefore, we have to prepare to fight the corrupt Shiv Sena not for power but for the welfare of the Mumbaikars.”

This time BJP has made it clear that they will not enter into an alliance for the BMC polls. In the meeting, Fadnavis asked party workers to start preparing for the elections by reaching out to each of the 227 wards in Mumbai.

In the coming elections, the saffron flag will fly atop the BMC headquarters. But it will only be BJP’s. There will be no alliance. We will oust them in 2022 from the BMC which they infested with corruption and inefficiency," said Fadnavis.

Referring to 2017 elections, Fadnavis said the BJP could have made a government on its own but they let Sena take centerstage as a friend and thus let them remain in power in the body where it has been ruling for more than two decades.

"In the last elections itself, we would have come to power. We were at par with Sena. We were generous enough to hand over the BMC for a friend, Shiv Sena, in 2017 despite being in a position to take it from the Sena. But we will not repeat the mistake. But it won't be with them anymore after the 2022 elections," he added.

Narayan Rane briefed the BJP planners to other senior leaders from Mumbai. Knowing his rivalry with CM Uddhav Thackeray, Rane will be a star campaigner, among others.

Targeting the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state for stalling all the proposed and under construction big-ticket projects in the city, the former CM said, "This government is anti-development. Instead of moving things forward, the government is creating a wrong perception amongst the voters in the projects started by the previous government. Will Maharashtra attract investment in such a scenario?" he added.

In 2017, the BJP and Sena, then together in the state government, had contested the civic polls separately. The Sena finished number one followed very closely by the BJP.

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