“On the way to a huge victory”: Shashi Tharoor on Maharashtra

New Delhi:

Congress' Shashi Tharoor told NDTV today that the opposition bloc is heading for a landslide victory in India Maharashtra — a state where it managed to win only a handful of the 48 seats in 2019. BJP is also aware of this, he said. Pointing to the party's open invitation for anyone to join, he said it was a sign of growing disillusionment.

Since 2019, Maharashtra has seen seismic changes in the political landscape — including the breakup of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance, the formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi and the split between the state's two main parties, the Sena and Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress. Party

The mood of voters in the state has not been readable.

Mr. Tharoor, however, said that he got a very positive response in the public meetings he attended in the state.

“Yesterday I did two circles in Bombay city, Mumbai city, and this morning I went to the third circle and had an interactive session with about 350 people. I have to say everywhere I saw the concerns, I was excited. Khrushchev. I feel very excited and very positive. I think we are heading for a huge victory in Maharashtra,” he told NDTV.

After Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra sends the highest number of 48 MLAs to the Lok Sabha, and thus, a win there is crucial. In 2019, BJP and undivided Shiv Sena won 41 seats. Even with the split, then, Eknath Shinde's faction had gone with the Sena's maximum of 23 MPs.

This time Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray's faction will contest on 21 seats, Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP- Sharad Chandra Pawar) on 10 seats and Congress on 17 seats.

On the other hand, BJP is contesting 28 seats, Shiv Sena (Shinde) 15 seats, Ajit Pawar faction of NCP four seats, out of which it has given one seat to Rashtriya Samaj Party.

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