Loksabha election

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BJP campaign to focus on development

PUNE: State BJP general secretary Vinod Tawade said here on Monday that the party was banking on the vast section of young voters, which is more inclined towards the politics of development, to ensure significant gains in the Vidhan Sabha elections.

Tawade said, "A large section of voters, particularly the youth, is looking at how Maharashtra is developed in the next five years or more. This, makes politics of development more relevant than ever before." The party's poll campaign will be high on what it proposes to do for Maharashtra's development rather than highlight failures' of the Congress-NCP's decade-long rule, he said. "The Congress-NCP will form only 25 per cent of our campaign component," he added.

Tawade was speaking to reporters at a function to announce the entry of Pune zilla parishad member and agriculture market committee director Mangaldas Bandal and his followers into the BJP. Bandal, an independent ZP member and former sarpanch of Shikrapur in Shirur taluka, has taken on the NCP in the local politics of Shirur. His entry into the BJP coincided with the high-profile switch-over by NCP's former minister of state Shivajirao Kardile to the BJP, in Mumbai on Monday. Kardile unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 on NCP ticket from Ahmednagar.

Based on the opinion and feedback by experts from different fields, the BJP has drafted a Maharashtra Vision Document' and the same would be unveiled in the city by senior party leaders Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari on September 20, Tawade said. "The document would not just elaborate plans for the next five years but also give an extended vision of how the party wants to change the face of Maharashtra in the next 15-20 years."

On the delay in a formal announcement of a pre-poll alliance with long-time partners Shiv Sena, Tawade said, "The tie-up would be announced in the next two days as senior party leaders were engaged in thrashing out last-minute seat-sharing details relating to a couple of seats. There are no differences on this but, a dialogue is on."

Tawade said, "The party's election committee has finalised 60 to 65 names for recommendation to the central leadership as candidates for the polls. Post-seat sharing agreement, we will finalise the remaining names." The BJP was better placed than the Congress-NCP, which is yet to finalise a pre-poll alliance, he added. The last date of filing of nominations is September 18.

On the qualifying norms for BJP ticket, Tawade said, "The ticket-seeker's winnability; political and social equations in a given constituency, ability to truly represent that constituency and grasp on local issues were the main factors determining the party nominee."

Asked whether the BJP would go the Sena way by promising tickets to only party loyalists and insiders, Tawade said that the party was open to giving tickets to outsiders depending upon the ground realities of the concerned constituency.


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