BJP’s poor show in Maharashtra: Fadnavis offers to resign

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has been a key figure in the state’s BJP leadership, took full responsibility for the party’s electoral setback in the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 and has offered to resign on Wednesday, May 05.

| Updated: 05 June, 2024 10:15 pm IST
Devendra Fadnavis & Shiv Shena (UBT) Uddhav Thackeray

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has been a key figure in the state’s BJP leadership, took full responsibility for the party’s electoral setback in the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 and has offered to resign on Wednesday, May 5.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Whatever loss we suffered in Maharashtra. I take full responsibility. I urge top leadership to relieve me of my ministerial duties.”

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This time, the BJP’s seat count halts at 9, while the Congress has secured 13 seats, marking a significant contrast from the previous Lok Sabha Elections when the BJP claimed victory in 23 seats. The party’s performance was overshadowed by the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), comprising Congress, Shiv Sena (UBT), and NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar). The MVA collectively won 30 seats, marking a substantial gain for the alliance. Shiv Sena (UBT) secured nine seats, while NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) secured eight.

“I have offered to resign from the post of Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister so that I can dedicate my efforts to the assembly elections,” Fadnavis stated at a press conference after a review meeting on Lok Sabha results.

However, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said that they had fought elections collectively, and the defeat was a collective responsibility. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, President of the Maharashtra BJP, has requested him to continue leading without resigning from his post. “We have requested Mr. Fadnavis to keep leading us without resigning from the post of Deputy Chief Minister,” Bawankule stated.

In another political development from Maharashtra there are now rumours about Uddhav Thackeray joining NDA. However, Fadnavis confirmed that no back-channel talks are currently taking place with Uddhav Thackeray. According to media sources, Arvind Sawant, a three-time MP from South Bombay and a senior Sena Leader, also clarifies about the rumours & termed it “baseless”. He said “People have given Uddhav Thackeray and us their stamp of approval. Now everyone has realised that we are the real Shiv Sena.”

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