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‘400 Par’ slogans hurt, cost us dearly… CM Eknath Shinde explains reason for reducing seats

Nita Yadav

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Ajit Pawar, Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis. (File Photo)

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde spoke openly on the Lok Sabha election results in one of his programs on Tuesday and said why NDA’s seats in Maharashtra have decreased. He has accepted defeat to BJP this time with the slogan of ‘400 Par’. However, he praised Prime Minister Modi saying that he has been working continuously for the last 10 years and has not taken a single leave.

Speaking on BJP’s slogan of crossing 400 crore this time, Eknath Shinde said, ‘With this slogan, the opposition has created such an environment that if the Modi government crosses the mark of 400, then they will change the constitution. People took this into account and everything went wrong. This proved costly for our alliance. We have suffered in Maharashtra too. The constitution will be changed, reservation will be abolished… these were the discussions… none of this was supposed to happen, but ‘crossing 400’ created all the problems.

NCP Ajit faction has supported CM Eknath Shinde’s statement. Umesh Patil, Chief Spokesperson of NCP Ajit Pawar faction said that they lost due to sloganeering of 400 seats. The opposition falsely propagated the slogan of 400 seats, which sent a wrong message to Dalits and minorities that 400 seats were needed to change the constitution and led to defeat. CM Eknath Shinde has said the truth.

BJP has won 9 Lok Sabha seats

In Maharashtra, the Bharatiya Janata Party won 23 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, but it has reduced to just 9 this time. Shiv Sena led by Eknath Shinde won seven seats, while Ajit Pawar’s NCP managed to win only one seat. Overall, the NDA managed to win only 17 of the 48 seats in the state. In contrast, in 2014, the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance had won 43 seats.

After the election results, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis took responsibility for the election defeat and appealed to the party’s senior leadership to relieve them of their responsibilities. During the election campaign, the Congress alleged that the BJP’s real intention behind the demand for more than 400 seats was to change the constitution and end reservation. Several party leaders, including BJP leader Anant Kumar Hegde, have publicly spoken of “rethinking” the constitution. He said that to achieve this target BJP will have to win 400 out of 543 Lok Sabha seats. However, the BJP leadership distanced itself from Hegde’s remarks.

CM Shinde will meet Agriculture Minister

On the issue of support prices for crops, Shinde said that India is an agricultural country and farmers are the breadwinners. No one can be happy if the farmer is unhappy. He said he would soon meet the Union Agriculture Minister and demand minimum support prices for onion, cotton and soybean.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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