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CM Devendra Fadnavis says will not align with Congress at any cost

The BJP will not have a post-poll understanding with the Congress in the BMC and not abandon the transparency agenda, its plank in the civic polls, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said. “We will take along those who come with us, but proceed without those who don’t come with us,” he said, addressing a rally at the state BJP office.

The rally was held as part of the BJP’s Vijay Diwas celebrations in each district headquarters across the country after victories in recent civic polls in Maharashtra and Odisha. “Let those who want to align with the Congress do so. We won’t stop them,” Fadnavis said, in an apparent reference to reports that the Shiv Sena was toying with the idea of roping in the Congress to bag the Mumbai mayor’s post. “We (BJP) will go as per our path, taking along those who come with us,” he said. “BJP is a party which fights ideology with ideology. Whether we bag power (in BMC) or not, we will never go with the Congress,” the CM said.

Earlier, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis paid floral tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the Raigad fort this morning.

He was accompanied by Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Education Minister Vinod Tawde, State BJP president Raosaheb Danve and Mumbai party president Ashish Shelar.

The leaders garlanded the statue of the warrior king situated at the fort in Raigad district, which was his capital in 1674 when he was crowned King of the Maratha Kingdom.

A statue of the Maratha warrior and his samadhi are situated at this fort, nearly 170 kms from here. During the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections after registering a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha polls, BJP had launched the its campaign for Assembly polls with a call ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji ka ashirwad, chalo chale Modi ke saath’.

Till then, Shiv Sena considered Shivaji Maharaj as its icon. “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ki Jai! Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji!. Feeling blessed,” Fadanvis tweeted after his visit.

Fadnavis said ‘transparency’ and ‘good governance’ is the mantra given by Shivaji Maharaj and that his party is marching ahead following this mantra. “People from all across the state have shown faith on us, our party and on the agenda we are taking ahead. We reiterate our commitment to follow the path shown by our great king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and assure development of every citizen,” he said.

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