Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday called out the National Congress Party (NCP) for insulting the Chief of Army Staff, General. Bipin Rawat. While addressing a press conference, Fadnavis said, "NCP has always had a problem with everybody who speaks in favour of the country. They (NCP) think that whoever talks in national interest and welfare is either a BJP supporter or their enemy. You cannot stop any Indian from talking about national welfare irrespective of elections."
Earlier in the day, NCP member Majeed Memon had questioned Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat over his statement about Pakistan reactivating terror camps in Balakot. Questioning the Chief of Army Staff, NCP's Majeed Memon on Monday said, "How did the Army Chief suddenly think of Balakot? The election campaigns for Maharashtra have begun and months have passed to the Balakot airstrike. It is not appropriate for the Army Chief to be a part of the governments' election campaign. All of a sudden there are talks about Balakot, Pulwama, Article 370 and these things are not related to the local Assembly elections at all."
Earlier in the day, Army Chief, while addressing the media had said, "Very recently, Balakot has been reactivated by Pakistan, this shows that Balakot was affected. It had been damaged and destroyed, people had gone away from there. This just goes to highlight that some actions were taken by the Indian Airforce at Balakot and they (Pakistan) have gotten the people back."
Maharashtra and Haryana will be having assembly elections next month. Maharashtra and Haryana will vote in a single phase on October 21 and the results for the same will be declared by October 24. BJP-Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP will be contesting the polls under a coalition. The BJP and the Sena had contested the 2014 Assembly polls independently. The BJP had emerged as the single largest party winning 122 seats while the Sena pocketed 63 seats. Later, both parties had come together to form the government.