Javadekar challenges Gadkari

September 13 2014

The road is more or less clear for a BJP leader to become the chief minister of Maharashtra. Prominent leaders of the BJP and Shiv Sena got together and have decided that both parties will contest from equal number of seats and the party that has more members winning the Assembly election seats will assign a chief minister from the party. After 1999, no matter which elections, Lok Sabha or Assembly, the BJP has won more seats than the Shiv Sena on an average. This means BJP’s strike rate has been much better than Shiv Sena. Thus, if the trend continues in these elections, too, the BJP may end up getting more seats than the Sena, Nitin Gadkari may stake the claim to the chief minister’s post in the state. At present, he is one of the senior-most leaders of the BJP in the state. However, one person who may spoil Gadkari’s plans is Prakash Javadekar, who has been eying the state chief minister’s post for a long time now. Internally, he also has full support from Modi and Jaitley. For now then, Gadkari’s road in Maharashtra doesn’t seem like cakewalk.

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