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Saffron wave continues to surge

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Congratulations to the BJP for coming out with flying colours and getting a Maha mandate in the just concluded civic polls in Maharashtra. The BJP held an edge over the Shiv Sena in 8 of the 10 civic bodies. The honours in the BMC, the richest civic body in the country were shared by the BJP as well as the Shiv Sena. The mandate was also a vote in favour of the much debated demonetisation drive by the sagacious Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to a news report, the IMF has said that the demonetisation would only have a short term impact on the economy and it would bounce back to its expected growth of more than 8% in the next few years. This is music to the ears. Meanwhile our Sonia Gandhi has ridiculed the BJP for its failure to usher in "Ache din".

— Hemant Hemmady, Virar

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To extend support to the Shiv Sena's mayoral nominee, the Congress has reportedly put forward a precondition, viz., withdrawal of the Sena ministers from the Fadanvis-led BJP govt. If it materialises, then the Shiv Sena can enjoy a backing of 124 members in the MCGM (SS+Cong+NCP) as against the minimum of 114. To counter this, the Shiv Sena (with 63 MLAs) can demand reciprocal support of 86 Cong-NCP MLAs to form a minority govt in the State, sans the BJP, in a House of 288. If agreed by the secular alliance, it will help realize Uddhav's dream of single-handedly ruling the State. That will also save the Exchequer from the heavy outgo on account of conducting a mid-term poll in a State which is already reeling under an unprecedented debt load of over Rs 4 lakh crores.

— Arun Malankar, Santacruz

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Indian politics from the grassroots level to the highest level is pinning faith on waiting game as the voters failed in their duties to elect a party with a majority and thereby putting the position in balance most of the time. BMC elections did gave BJP great inroads but at the same time did not give any party a clear majority. Thus the corporation is hung in balance. In Mumbai, both BJP and Sena are playing waiting game and the Saffron side face of turns focus to other parties in the bargain. It is a pathetic position and the stalemate may end soon if both BJP and Sena come together in a hope to make a most successful combination in the recent past.

— C.K. Ramani, Sion

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