BJP Will Form Majority Government in Maharashtra: Modi
DHULE/NAGPUR: Seeking to blunt the propaganda by rivals that BJP will divide Maharashtra if voted to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said “no power” can split the state even as he asserted his party will secure an absolute majority in the Assembly polls.
“Congress leaders have been spreading lies on cotton and onion for the last 10 years. They have started spreading a new lie. They say Maharashtra will be split. Has anyone been born in this country who can divide the land of Shivaji ?” he said addressing a campaign rally in Dhule district.
“I assure you that as long as I am in Delhi, no power in the world can split Maharashtra and also separate Mumbai from
Maharashtra,” he said, touching upon the contentious issue of creation of a separate Vidarbha, a day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray alleged that BJP wanted to “break the state into pieces”.
Though Modi said it was Congress which was “spreading the lie” about dividing the state, Uddhav had yesterday said at an election rally at Tuljapur in Osmanabad district that “BJP wants to divide the state in the name of development and
progress. But the people of Maharashtra will never let that happen. They (BJP) will be given a befitting reply (by the voters).”
“If you want our state to be broken into pieces, then vote for BJP. But do you want that to happen?” he had asked.
Addressing well-attended rallies at Erandol in Jalgaon district and Nagpur where enthusiastic crowds frequently broke into chants of ‘Modi! Modi”, the Prime Minister targeted Congress and NCP but made no mention of Shiv Sena despite its leaders’ rant against him and BJP.
Modi said political pundits will be proved wrong once again as BJP will win a majority despite predictions of a hung House.
“If political pundits are proved wrong again, I will be sad. Before Lok Sabha polls, pundits said BJP will get 120 seats, that Modi is new and nobody knows him outside Gujarat.
“But BJP alone got 282 and, with allies, crossed the 300-mark. All pundits were proved wrong. Their calculations failed as they used the old yardstick,” Modi said, addressing a poll rally at Nagpur.
“Even this time, pundits are saying there will be hung Assembly. I want to tell them, if you have time, just look at the massive crowds at my rallies in Maharashtra and people’s enthusiasm,” he said, adding, “This will be an unprecedented election in history of Maharashtra and BJP will win full majority.”