Attacking former ally Uddhav Thackeray, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar Sunday said Thackeray’s party Shiv Sena (UBT) will not win even 50 wards in the forthcoming BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) polls.
“Some people from Mumbai used to criticise us saying that we must at least once listen to people and their mann ki baat… Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ was heard in 10,000 places across Mumbai city. BJP national president J P Nadda’s tour was successfully completed. Over 10,000 representatives participated in the conference of housing societies organised under the leadership of the BJP. Needy women as well as 27,000 families were helped. We successfully accomplished nine big events over 15 consecutive days, which I guarantee no other party will ever be able to do,” Shelar said.
“Prime Minister Modi’s leadership is universally accepted. This bothers the opponents… US President Joe Biden appreciates Modi for managing one of the largest democracies. They will be meeting in Washington for lunch next month. PM Narendra Modi is famous in the elite circles of America. We are fortunate to have got this rare leadership…” he further said.
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Commenting on the Karnataka poll debacle, Shelar said: “It is true that we did not get the desired success. We did not win the elections. And hence, we consider it our duty to humbly accept defeat and introspect…”
“There are five places where we lost by less than 1,000 votes. Three seats were lost by 2,000 votes, 22 seats were lost by a margin of less than 5,000. There are 16 places where we lost by a difference of 6,000 to 7,000 votes. All this adds up to 47 seats. If these seats had gone the other way, the Congress would have gone down to 85 whereas the BJP would have got 110 seats. We accept our defeat and we will analyse it.”
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“The Shiv Sena got 103 corporators in the BMC in 1997. In 2002, this figure came down to 97. In 2012, this number further dropped to 75. In 2017, the number of Shiv Sena corporators was 84. They got 84 wards as they were part of our government. Had they not been in government in the state with us, they would have barely reached 60. Today, I predict… Uddhavji’s Shiv Sena will not be able to cross the mark of 50 in the forthcoming BMC elections… Mumbaikars still believe in honesty, whereas the Shiv Sena (UBT) is infamous for being the biggest pick-pocket. Mumbai has been robbed by… seasoned MVA thieves who excel in this business of pick-pocketing. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Mumbaikars will stand with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who are doing honest work,” said Shelar.