As Prime Minister Narendra Modi winds up his campaign trail in the state of Maharashtra, after addressing a poll rally in Mumbai on Friday, he slammed the NCP-Congress for not focussing on state's development. Speaking in Mumbai's BKC on Friday evening, the Prime Minister said that the previous NCP-Congress governments focussed on the development of ministries, instead of Mumbai's infrastructure. He said that the BJP government has ensured development in Mumbai.
"Under Congress and NCP, Mumbai's ministries developed but not its infrastructure. They focussed more on cabinet expansion. In their ties, people had no clue when a minister will change. It was like a lottery. Suddenly someone's luck shone and they would be made a minister. But BJP has given the state a stable government," PM said.
महायुति ने 5 साल का कार्यकाल यशस्वी रूप से पूरा करने वाला मुख्यमंत्री दिया है, और ये भी करीब-करीब 50 साल बाद हुआ है।— BJP (@BJP4India) October 18, 2019
इसके पहले 50 साल तक किसी को भी 5 साल महाराष्ट्र की सेवा करने का सौभाग्य प्राप्त नहीं हुआ: पीएम मोदी #MahaVijayWithModi pic.twitter.com/MX8LLA1KHC
The Prime Minister has so far addressed a total of 9 rallies in 4 days, starting from his public meeting in Jalgaon on October 13. On October 16, the PM addressed rallies in Akola, Panvel, and Partur. He held campaign meetings in Pune, Satara, and Parli on the next day. The Prime Minister, during his rallies, made sharp remarks on NCP chief Sharad Pawar and the Congress party.
In September, the Election Commission of India announced the state Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, along with bypolls in several other states. The total strength of the Maharashtra Assembly is 288, out of which 9 seats are reserved for SC and 5 for the ST category. In total, Maharashtra has 8.94 crore registered voters, out of which 1.16 lakh are service voters. 1.8 lakh ballot units, 1.28 lakh control units, and 1.39 lakh VVPATs will be used in the state. The two main competitors are the Congress- Nationalist Congress Party and the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. The BJP will contest 150 seats as against that of Shiv Sena who will field candidates in 124 constituencies. The NCP and Congress will contest an equal number of seats. While the voting will take place on October 21, the results will be declared on October 24.