The much talked about divisions, internal frustrations and differences in the Maharashtra BJP have come out in the open. Leaders who were holding a grudge against Devendra Fadnavis are now voicing their discontent and anger to senior state leaders. This includes former Opposition Leader Eknath Khadse who has decided to take these sentiments to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Speaking to the media, Eknath Khadse indirectly blamed Devendra Fadnavis for the situation that BJP is facing in Maharashtra today. Without naming him, he has said, “The decision of state leaders are to blame for the situation the party is in. We have shifted from taking decisions collectively.”
Local leaders of the party said that Devendra Fadnavis should have given candidature to Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde and Prakash Mehta – as they are senior leaders and could have added more seats to the BJP. They are hopeful the top BJP leadership in Delhi will be apprised that the party cadre is feeling let down by Devendra Fadnavis.
Eknath Khadse added that they should have never entered into an alliance with Ajit Pawar for power. He said that, “A bullock cart full of evidence was sold in trash,” referring to the 14000 pages of evidence piled on a bullock cart on the irrigation scam and Ajit Pawar, that Devendra Fadnavis himself had submitted to a probe panel in 2013.
Looks like the challenges for BJP in Maharashtra and specifically Devendra Fadnavis have just begun.