Farm distress, the overall state of the rural economy and the aftermath of the floods made the BJP all the more vulnerable to anti-incumbency in western Maharashtra, allowing Pawar to accuse it of sidestepping local issues.
BJP has denied party nominations to Vinod Tawde, Eknath Khadse, Prakash Mehta and Raj Purohit for the assembly elections.
Tawde and Khadse came into their own in 1995 when the BJP teamed up with the Shiv Sena to form the saffron government in the state.
The BJP will cite the bigger mandate it won in the Lok Sabha elections and nationwide support to the Modi regime in the wake of nullifying of Article 370 to claim more seats, sources said.
Raj Thackeray’s strident criticism of PM Modi, presented with the help of audio-visuals on a big screen, has been attracting attention and drawing crowds.
Arjun Dangle, a key Dalit strategist and writer who heads the Dalit Jan Shakti Sanghatana, was quick to rebut the BJP charge against Pawar.
Thackeray chose to instead dwell on the recent Indo-Pak stand-off, underlining his statements with a heavy dose of jingoism. “The morale of the Indian Army is very high...India should now take final action. Do something so that Pakistan will be known as part of India,“ he said.
Saamna in a scathing editorial accused vegetarian developers of discrimination on the basis of dietary preferences.
Saamna's verbal assault on the Modi government is crucial in that the Sena is the senior-most partner in the BJP-led NDA.
Matoshree is delighted that the Shiv Sena polled about two lakh votes in the Bihar legislative assembly election on its own steam.
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