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BJP ready to fight polls with or without Sena says CM Devendra Fadnavis

The BJP is ready to fight polls with or without the Shiv Sena, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Friday. He, however, added that the BJP desired that the two parties fight the elections together.
“I do not read or listen to anybody in the party (Sena) because there is just one person who takes all its decisions. And I have good relations with Uddhavji. I keep meeting him off and on,” Fadnavis said. He was speaking at a programme organised by a news channel in Bandra. He also said, “I think we will fight the polls together. However, we are ready to fight it this way or that way.”

To a separate query about the suicides at Mantralaya, the chief minister said the incidents had no connection with the present government.

“One person who committed suicide had complaints pertaining to the MPSC (Maharashtra Public Services Commission) paper he had answered in 2013. The other was a convict who had a written a letter to the Chief Justice to have his sentence reduced,” he said. Replying to a query on former Congress leader Narayan Rane’s induction into the NDA despite his alleged criminal records, the CM said that Rane, as per his knowledge, had no case against him. Fadnavis added that Rane would be given a ministerial berth or an appropriate position at the right time.

In reply to another query on NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s praise of Rahul Gandhi, Fadnavis said that things must be really bad for Pawar if he had to praise the Congress leader. “Dharma Patil (a farmer who consumed poison and later died in hospital) had received a compensation of Rs 3 lakh from the previous government but then said he wanted a higher compensation. According to the law, once the compensation is accepted, it cannot be changed,” he added.

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