Ahead of the Maharashtra assembly polls, the founder of Bhamla Foundation, Asif Bhamla, on Wednesday has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In the presence of the BJP State President Chandrakant Patil and Minister of School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare of Maharashtra Ashish Shelar, Asif Bhamla joined the party as the state spokesperson.
Asif Bhamla took to Twitter to announce his arrival in the saffron party. He said he is joining the party in order to work for a greater cause for all the sections of the society.
Joined BJP as State spokesperson of the great party in auspicious presence of @ChDadaPatil & @ShelarAshish hope to work in larger interest for welfare of all sections of society & with good wishes of @Dev_Fadnavis @poonam_mahajan put across my views in the interest of the nation pic.twitter.com/YfbbuXZvVp— Asif Bhamla (@Asifbhamlaa) September 18, 2019
Former Governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao, who recently stepped down from his gubernatorial responsibility, took primary membership of the BJP afresh on Monday. Rao had been a senior BJP leader from Telangana before assuming the responsibility of Maharashtra Governor. He had served as president of the BJP and also the party's floor leader in the assembly in undivided Andhra Pradesh. He had also served as a Union Minister in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Shivaji Maharaj's descendent and Satara MP Udayanraje Bhosale joined the BJP on September 14 in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah from the NCP.
भारतीय जनता पार्टी राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री.@AmitShah, पार्टीचे कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष @JPNadda, मुख्यमंत्री @Dev_Fadnavis, केंद्रीय मंत्री @RamdasAthawale, प्रदेशाध्यक्ष चंद्रकांत दादा पाटील, मंत्री गिरीश महाजन या मान्यवरांच्या प्रमुख उपस्थितीत जनता पार्टी मध्ये जाहीर प्रवेश. pic.twitter.com/UcmhfwWl3v— Chhatrapati Udayanraje Bhonsle (@Chh_Udayanraje) September 14, 2019
Election Commission of India (ECI) reviewed poll preparedness on Wednesday, ahead of the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections which are tentatively due in October-November, 2019. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora along with officials of the state election commission and state police officers met political parties who are vying for the elections.
"Election Commission is looking after the poll preparation. They are meeting with political parties. We told them that the Commission should prepare a plan since Diwali festival is also coinciding. We said that the election should be held in phases. We demanded that the Media Certification Committee should be open 24x7 and approve publicity material quickly. We also requested that expenditure of a candidate should also be increased," Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai told ANI.