Last updated: Nov 14, 2022, 12:19 PM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party will contest the 2024 Maharashtra assembly and Lok Sabha elections in alliance with Eknath Shinde’s ‘Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena’, state BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule announced on Monday.
“The polls will be fought under the leadership of Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis. We are ready to win 45 Lok Sabha seats and more than 200 Assembly seats,” added Bawankule.
The BJP had previously announced to fight against the civil elections in Mumbai alongside the Shinde faction. The party said it plans to install its own mayor in Mumbai and will contest the poll in conjunction with Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena.
“The BJP and the Shiv Sena would fight together against the civil elections in Mumbai. When I say the Shiv Sena, I mean the one who follows the real ideology of (late) Shiv Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, the one of Hindutva who is followed by Eknath ji Shinde,” Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.
Another test for the Allies is the election of 7,751 gram panchayats and the direct election of their sarpanch. The State Election Commission (SEC) recently announced the program. While the vote will take place on December 18, the results will be announced on December 20.
This is the first major test between the government and the opposition, especially after the Eknath Shinde-led insurgency that resulted in the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government and the formation of the Shinde-Fadnavis government in Maharashtra.
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