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Maharashtra BJP leaders to meet first time after defeat in assembly polls

The newly-elected BJP President JP Nadda will address the party leaders and workers on Sunday. The meeting comes after the saffron party failed to form the government in Maharashtra despite being the largest party in the state.

Maharashtra BJP leaders to meet first time after defeat in assembly polls
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to organise its first conclave after its defeat in the 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections. The BJP leaders will meet in Navi Mumbai’s Nerul on February 15 and 16 and may discuss the strategy for the upcoming civic polls. 

The newly-elected BJP President JP Nadda will address the party leaders and workers on Sunday. The meeting comes after the saffron party failed to form the government in Maharashtra despite being the largest party in the state.

As per sources, the BJP plans to overhaul its Maharashtra unit. The BJP failed to form the government in the state after its conflict with its 35-year-old ally, Shiv Sena, over the Chief Ministerial post. The political deadlock in Maharashtra ended after Sena formed an alternative government with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). This was a huge setback for the BJP in Maharashtra. 

Meanwhile, on Thursday, JP Nadda approved the re-appointment of Chandrakant Patil as the Maharashtra BJP President. Moreover, Mangal Prabhat Lodha will also continue as the party’s Mumbai unit chief. 

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Earlier, there were speculations that the re-appointments of BJP’s state and city unit chiefs will be done during the party’s conclave scheduled over the weekend. However, the BJP issued a notification approving the re-appointment on Thursday itself. 

The BJP is organising this conclave ahead of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) polls which are scheduled to happen in April this year. Moreover, the party will also discuss the strategy for the 2022 Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections.

With Shiv Sena not being an ally anymore, it will be difficult for the BJP to leave a mark in the upcoming civic elections. Shiv Sena has a stronghold in BMC for almost 25 years. Therefore, the point of the discussion in the meeting is likely to focus on devising a strategy to strengthen the BJP on the ground level. 

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The event will be chaired by current Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil and will be attended by the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Maharashtra assembly Devendra Fadnavis, LoP in Maharashtra council Praveen Darekar, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Eknath Khadse, Panakaja Munde, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, along with other top leaders.

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