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Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister, Maharashtra

 

Mumbai 13th September 2014, Gujarat or Maharashtra cud not be compared on the basis of any statements but it would happen on the basis of data.

 

Narendra Modi is good at marketing techniques of figures. He managed to trick the country. But Modi did not succeed just because of the Gujarat model.

 

Maharashtra’s 18 percent of land is irrigated where as Haryana and Punjab   approximately irrigates 90 percent of their land. Still we braved every natural disaster that we faced but we did not do marketing of that.

 

We are in power in Maharashtra from the past 15 years, thus it is obvious that people of the state found us better than the Sena – BJP alliance. However, during the Lok Sabha elections the people were quite angry with the UPA government, Now the anger has faded.

 

In the local body elections before the Modi wave we won 58 percent of the seats, and they won 28 percent of the total seats offered. But in the last moment we suffered because of people’s outrage for UPA.

 

We have done huge work in the Infrastructure sector in the last 5 years.

We had to take people into confidence. We are working on monorail, metro rail and expressway project.

 

Maharashtra’s first priority is to increase irrigated land. Irrigation scam has also happen in the state. The judiciary is looking into the matter. There have been mistakes by us also like issuing tenders under political pressure. Now there is shift in our policy.

 

Today also 80 thousand projects are underway with the whole system. Tenders have been issued.

 

I was sent to Maharashtra from Delhi with a responsibility. Maharashtra was breaking then, there was no administration. I believed in bringing in good people that’s the way system change and work efficiently.  My achievement is that I have fulfilled many stuck promises.

 

On Coalition Govt:

 

Congress was divided in 1999 and NCP was born. Since then, we have fought five elections together, 3 Lok Sabha and 2 Assembly. We will fight the sixth as well collectively. Talks are on regarding seat adjustment in both the parties. Everyone has their own reasoning.

 

This election is for Maharashtra not for Modi. People will judge according to experience. Modi has his own problems, Shivsena doesn’t have experience to run the govt, Sena was in power between 1995 and 1999. Then Uddhav had no role. They are running the Corporation for years now and it How it is run is not hidden from the people of the state.

 

Reservations

 

Provision of reservation to people of the land in Maharashtra was given after a basic report came in. This is for the upliftment of the people of the state not a vote bank politics.

 

Our priority is not Mumbai or rural Maharashtra, we believe in equal and balanced growth of all. We do not want to be compared with Gujarat, and our vision is to reach to the last men of the state.

 

Congress-NCP alliance will go for election together and I’ll be the face of this coalition.  Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh will be our star campaigner.

 

Now, we have understood the poll plans of Modi and we are quite vigilant this time. The face of the alliance would be announced very soon.

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Want to make Maharashtra the No.1 State says Uddhav Thackery Chief, Shiv Sena at Panchayat AajTak

 

Mumbai 13th September 2014, At the Panchayat Aaj Tak held ahead of the Maharashtra Elections Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackery has for the very first time given a clear message to the people of the state almost pleading as well as determines that let he and his party given a first chance to rule the state.

 

Uddhav was quite upfront about his conviction regarding the Chief Minister ship of the state. He clearly said that he is not the kind who run after the chair…but not even one who would shy away from responsibilities.

 

He even claimed to make Maharashtra the no-1 state in the country, if he Shivsena comes to power.

 

On questions regarding regionalism, Uddhav refuted the allegations on ShivSena. He asked that the formation of states on the basis of language was a part of the Constitution and Shivsena didn’t have any role to play on that. He however blamed the govt of Eastern states from where migrants come to Maharashtra and other states.

 

The movement for seperate vidharbha is a fight for development. The condition of Marathi populatuion is a matter of concern for us. We have never applied force on non Maharashtrian residents in our state.

 

Politics doesn’t mean scams and scandals. For me Politics is a medium to bring changes to poeples lives. If anyone is fights for the benefit of the people and is enbroiled in various court cases then i would day that i’m proud of that person.

 

I don’t have any hard feelings for the BJP alliance. There is no trust deficit between us. Talks are in for seat sharing in the coming elections. Delhi wave is present thru out the country, people of the country wanted a new face in Delhi….they got one in Narendra Modi, now its Maharashtra turn…if people will vote with responsibility they will surely get one.

 

Modi ji is no NawaZ Sharif, he is our PM and leader of BJP-Shivsena alliance also. If Modi factor works in Maharashtra Elections, then why should we have any problem to that. We got collective success in Loksabha elections too.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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