Amidst speculations that senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari could be drafted in as Maharashtra chief minister in place of the earlier front-runner for the post – Devendra Fadnavis, the Nagpur MP reiterated on Thursday that he was happy to stay in Delhi.
Fielding new and young faces across Vidarbha has paid rich dividends to the BJP in the recently held Assembly polls, with the party garnering an overwhelming support in the region, when compared to the youth brigade of the Congress, which failed to strike a chord with voters in the cotton-rich belt infamous for farmer suicides.
Under fire from opponents for alleged double-speak on Vidarbha statehood demand, Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis has said the issue has never been a part of their manifesto, as creation of states is under the Centre's jurisdiction.
Intensifying his attack against former ally BJP for ending the 25-year-old alliance over seat-sharing issue, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday alleged that the BJP broke the partnership to play 'separate Vidarbha' card to garner votes in the Assembly elections.
Despite fairing badly in Lok Sabha polls, the Congress will revive itself from Maharashtra's Vidarbha region which has stood behind the party even in hours of crises earlier, former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said on Tuesday.
Denied tickets for Assembly polls, Cultural Affairs Minister Sanjay Deotale in the erstwhile Congress-led Maharashtra government, sitting Nagpur-South MLA Dinanath Padole of the Congress and Shiv Sena district chief Shekhar Sawarbandhe are leading the pack of rebels in Vidarbha region.
Staunchly opposing the demand for a separate state for the Vidarbha region, the Shiv Sena Wednesday said it will not allow division of Maharashtra, even if it is sought by its alliance partner BJP or any other party.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Nagpur and the neighbouring district of Wardha on August 21 on his maiden visit to the Vidarbha region for a couple of events here, sources said here on Wednesday night.