Shivaji Maharaj's descendent Udayanraje Bhosale will be jumping the ship from the NCP to BJP, ahead of Maharashtra elections. In a big boost to the BJP ahead of polls, the seventh descendant and Satara MP would be joining the saffron party on Saturday in presence of PM Narendra Modi. On Wednesday, Bhosale had met with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, wherein he notified that discussions on various issues were held. However, when the speculations of Bhosale's exit started stirring, the NCP leader Dhananjay Munde had accused BJP of 'spreading rumours' on Bhosale’s split from the party.
आजपर्यंत आपण सर्वांनी दिलेल्या प्रेमाच्या व आशीर्वादाच्या जोरावर समाजकार्य करण्याची प्रेरणा मिळत राहिली अपेक्षा आहे आपले हेच प्रेम व आशीर्वाद अविरत माझ्या पाठीशी राहील.@narendramodi @Dev_Fadnavis @nitin_gadkari @AmitShah pic.twitter.com/hNv7LYlRMU— Chhatrapati Udayanraje Bhonsle (@Chh_Udayanraje) September 13, 2019
Udayanraje Bhosale met Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai on Tuesday. Following this meeting, Bhosale saw the NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar at his Pune residence on Thursday. While Bhosale’s back to back meetings with both the leaders have raised speculations over his stay in the NCP party, the NCP leader Dhananjay Munde has denied agreeing to the same.
Munde said, “Today's meeting was about the party's overall campaign strategy.” When asked about the possible party shift, Munde asserted that "Some sections of the BJP were deliberately spreading rumours about his crossing over, to divert people's attention from key issues."
Bringing a shift in the political circles of the entire Konkan region, former state minister and NCP's Navi Mumbai strongman Ganesh Naik joined the BJP on Wednesday. A flock of 60 NCP corporators from Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation also shifted to BJP with Ganesh Naik. Another exit from NCP had come ahead of the assembly polls as the former minister of state for urban development and ex-NCP state unit president, Bhaskar Jadhav joined Shiv Sena on Wednesday as well. While Jadav has his stronghold in Ratnagiri district, Naik is a heavyweight in from Navi Mumbai and Raigad district.
The former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said that the Congress and NCP will fight about 123-125 seats respectively and leave the remaining 41 seats to the constituencies for smaller allies in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls. He also mentioned that based on the agreement between the two major opposition parties the seats may be swapped.