The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has appointed its party General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav as Election In-charge for the upcoming Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha elections.
The BJP released an official statement on the appointment of the election in-charges on August 9. Along with Yadav, Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya & former Karnataka MLA Laxman Savadi have been chosen as the co-Incharges for the polls. Here's the official statement:
The statement was released by BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh. Along with the three party leaders, Rajya Sabha parliamentarian Saroj Pandey has also been chosen as a coordinator. Meanwhile, as Delhi also prepares for the Assembly polls, the party has fielded Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javedkar as the election in-charge for the country's capital alongside naming MoS Nityanand Rai and Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri as the deputy in charge for the polls.
It also named the national vice president of BJP, Shyam Jaju, as the coordinator in-charge and National Secretary of BJP Tarun Chugh as the deputy coordinator in-charge for the upcoming polls. The BJP has started preparing and is aiming to retain power in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand. The ruling party also hopes to defeat the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the capital.
The Maharashtra Assembly Polls in 2014:
The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won a majority in the 2014 elections going on to form a government under the chief ministership of Devendra Fadnavis. Previously, the Congress-NCP ruled the state for 15 long years. However, in 2014, the BJP won 122 seats and the Shiv Sena won 63 seats.
Present political scenario in Maharashtra:
The BJP-SS coalition has agreed upon an understanding between each other's parties for the Chief Ministerial post - agreed to by Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray. However, no official statement has been released yet from both parties. As a result, the Shiv Sena is keen and rooting for Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray for the position of the Chief Minister. However, earlier in In June, leaders from BJP had given statements saying that the next Chief Minister should be from their party. Girish Mahajan, the BJP legislator from Jamner asserted that it was clear that the Chief Minister would be from his party. BJP leaders Sudhir Mungantivar and Saroj Pandey had said that BJP should get CM post in Maharashtra.