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Done and dusted with LS polls, CM turns attention towards Assembly polls

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
By A Special Correspondent

Devendra Fadnavis is reported to be embarking on a statewide Vikas Yatra and directly engage with the people.

With just a day to go before the counting of votes begins on May 23 in all the 48 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday took stock of how the election campaigning went for the 17th Lok Sabha in the state. Sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) disclosed that while the BJP leadership exuded confidence of improving on its 2014 Lok Sabha tally, Fadnavis has already begun preparations for the ensuing Assembly elections in the state which are due in September-October later this year.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray accompanied by his son Aaditya Thackeray landed in Delhi from Mumbai all this after coming from a holiday in London. Thackeray laid to rest all speculations that he might not attend the dinner thrown by the BJP for its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) allies at Hotel Ashoka in New Delhi. Earlier, speculations were rife that the Sena president had directed senior Sena Minister for Industries Subhash Desai to represent the Sena at the NDA dinner. Sources disclosed that the main sweet dish of the dinner is reported to be the traditional Maharashtrian dish “Puranpoli”, ostensibly kept to keep the Thackerays in good humor ahead of the assembly elections later on in the year.

Sources at the BJP meeting held yesterday at its Mumbai unit office in Dadar, Fadnavis is reported to be embarking on a statewide Vikas Yatra and directly engage with the people. The Fadnavis government is also toying with the idea of total waiver of farm loans to the farmers. The BJP-Sena government has so far waived off Rs 18,235 crore loans of 43.35 lakh farmers in the state. Sources disclosed that the government has sought information from all the districts about pending loan dues of farmers. The government is planning to waive off loans of farmers between 2016-17 to 2018 to provide big relief to the farmers.

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