Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday said the BJP's defeat in the Bhandara and Gondia zilla parishad polls is an indication that the ruling party is losing ground and a reflection of the loss of people's trust.
Addressing a press conference, NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said that prior to the zilla parishad polls, the BJP had fared poorly in the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections.
"This shows that urban and rural Maharashtra is fed up of the BJP government which has failed on all fronts," he said.
Malik said the recent zilla parishad poll results were significant because the BJP had won all Lok Sabha seats in Vidarbha while winning the highest number of seats in the Assembly polls.
Targeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Malik said when the state is facing a drought situation, Fadnavis has been aping Prime Minister Narendra Modi with unending foreign tours.
"There is no planning for drought management," Malik said.
He described the Maharashtra government's decision to scrutinise various kinds of purchases made through rate contracts during the past ten years as a "political stunt".
"Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar must reply about what the government intends to do regarding the allegations against Pankaja Munde and Vinod Tawde with respect to procurements made for anganwadis and fire extinguishers respectively," he said.
Referring to Maharashtra state co-operatives minister Chandrakant Patil's observations critising the law and order situation as well as functioning of the police department, Malik said internal politics within the BJP to replace Fadnavis has begun.
"Patil is the most powerful minister in the government and is close to BJP chief Amit Shah," Malik said.