BJP eyes next-gen Cong leaders to annihilate rival
Mumbai: While former Chief Minister Narayan Rane’s likely induction into the BJP has been in the news for a few days, the BJP has chalked out a plan to tap the next generation of Opposition party leaders, mainly from the Congress and NCP.
In line with making the country Congress-free, as was the slogan given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP state unit president Raosaheb Danve are also aiming for the same in the state.
The CM himself has contacted a promising generation-next leader from the Congress, while an NCP leader has approached BJP leaders for his son’s induction. Since both the Congress and NCP have many leaders who have inherited
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Senior BJP leaders Chandrakant Patil and Sudhir Mungantiwar had said on March 23 that there are 29 MLAs from the Congress and NCP who are ready to defect at any point. Party insiders have told DNA that the BJP is trying to pick only those who would not disturb the party’s existing strongholds. The party would also try to induct other parties’ stalwarts from Western Maharashtra so that the BJP’s base can be increased there, taking into account the party’s success in local body polls.
While Rane would be helpful for the BJP in the Konkan region, a few more defections in favour of the party are on the cards from Western Maharashtra. And even as it engineers defections from Opposition parties, the BJP has also kept in mind caste combinations.
When asked about the issue, a BJP leader brazenly said, “Why is Rane in the news, since he is not alone?”
Catch them young
A BJP veteran told DNA that while the party cherishes its dream of ‘Shat pratishat Bhaajapaa’ (100% BJP), it is keeping an eye on the future by inducting those leaders from other parties who do not have any baggage or skeletons in their cupboard.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, meanwhile, is trying to take advantage of in-fighting in the Congress’ Nagpur unit.
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