Devendra Fadnavis is not afraid of Opposition unity
In any political party, broadening the social base of the party and towering above rival political heavyweights is crucial. Devendra Fadnavis is well-placed to duck the challenge posed by the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena trio in his state.
He is said to be ready to help the BJP do well in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections despite the inevitable Opposition unity in the state. It's because he is believed to be effectively addressing both rural and urban issues with confidence.
"The government is working for al regions - North Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha (Prosperity highway), apart from doing good work in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur (metro and other infra) and Konkan (widening of Goa highway). The Congress and the NCP will be left with only Western Maharashtra but there too BJP has made inroads in Pune, Sangli and Solapur districts. Shiv Sena will be left with nothing much," says one Mandar Sawant.
What ticks for Fadnavis is that in urban areas, he is focusing on big-ticket infra projects like metros and sea links. And in rural issues, he is focusing on micro-irrigation projects, constructing farm ponds and giving a fillip to drip irrigation, solar pumps and crop insurance, ground reports as pointed by Sawan say.