BJP again took a risk in Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, the Bharatiya Janata Party has taken a risk for the second time. For the first time, the party had hurriedly administered the oath of Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar and ate a mouthful. Now he has taken a risk in the Rajya Sabha elections as well. BJP state leaders have assured the high command that they will show it by winning the third seat. It was only after this confidence that the party fielded its candidate. If there was no trust, the party would have supported an independent candidate there like in Rajasthan and Haryana.

Keep in mind that elections are being held for six seats in Maharashtra. Three of these seats are falling vacant after the retirement of BJP’s Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme. Despite the change in figures, the party is again trying to win three seats. It has fielded Piyush Goyal, Anil Sadashivrao Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik. On the other hand NCP and Congress have given one candidate each and Shiv Sena has fielded two candidates. So Sanjay Pawar, the second candidate of Shiv Sena, will be pitted against the third candidate of BJP, Dhananjay Mahadik.

According to the strength of 288 in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, 41 votes are needed to win a seat. The BJP has 106 MLAs of its own and has the support of seven MLAs, including five independents. In this way its number is 113. If even one MLA of MNS supports, then this number becomes 114. So, after winning two seats, it is left with 32 votes and will need nine more votes to win the third seat. On the other hand, Maha Vikas Aghadi has the support of 169 MLAs. It has 153 MLAs from Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress and has the support of 16 other MLAs, including eight independents. So, by law, it has enough numbers to win four seats. Still, it is difficult to understand why the BJP played a gamble. Does BJP feel that Devendra Fadnavis will defeat Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar this time?

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