Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Prime Minister’s post has been booked for the next two Lok Sabha elections. Apparently, Fadnavis has made a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The remark made by Mr. Fadnavis was in the response to the question asked by the Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh.
When Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh asked who from Maharashtra, including Sharad Pawar and Nitin Gadkari, can become the next Prime Minister, Mr Fadnavis said that “Let me tell you, this question does not arise, because the post for prime minister has already been booked… Not only for this year’s election, but also for the 2024 polls.”
However, the Maharashtra chief minister said that he would be happy if a politician from Maharashtra became the prime minister after 2029, which clearly signifies that Mr. Fadnavis wants Narendra Modi for next two terms.
Fadnavis side-stepped another question whether the Shiv Sena or the BJP would get the chief minister and deputy chief elections scheduled for later this year. “Everything cannot be disclosed at this moment,” he added.
Maharashtra Chief Minister denied that BJP workers were unhappy with the party contesting in just 144 constituencies.
“Forging an alliance with our old ally Shiv Sena was necessary and this is the political reality in the present situation when all non-natural allies are ganging up to fight against us.Our workers understand this very well and support the alliance.” Fadnavis said.
To another question that what sealed the alliance between the BJP and the Shiv Sena, to which Fadnavis responded in a serious note and said “When we arrived at ‘Matoshree’ (Thackeray’s) home, Uddhav’s better half served us few homemade dishes that were so delightful that we forgot everything and sealed the deal.”
BJP president Amit Shah and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had jointly announced that the BJP will contest 25 seats and Shiv Sena 23 of 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. The two parties will contest an equal number of seats, in polls for the 288-member state Assembly, due this year.