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BJP backed us for Hindutva position, development agenda: Maha CM Shinde

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In an exclusive interview with ANI, Shinde said Shiv Sena MPs were struggling to do their jobs during Maha Vikas Aghadi’s rule and Congress and the NCP, who were his constituents, were trying to gain ground.

“All were anticipating, there was a public perception that the BJP is doing anything for power. But they have shown the people that these 50 people have taken a Hindutva position, an ideological position and their program is development and Hindutva and they should be supported. And they supported us despite having more numbers, more MPs. They supported us for the position of chief minister,” Shinde said.

Shinde said he was told by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to move the state forward, bring it towards development and push development work forward.

The Chief Minister said the Prime Minister assured him of his and the Center’s full support in the development efforts.

“It’s a great thing. The Center is with us. We didn’t do anything illegal. The pre-election alliance was between the BJP and the Shiv Sena. We allied with that party.”

Asked about his remark that their alliance would win 200 seats in upcoming Assembly polls, Shinde said 170 MPs were with the alliance and only 30 more remained. “We can get over 200 seats,” he said.

He said BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis became the deputy chief minister showing “a big heart”.

Shinde said it was unexpected for Fadnavis but he followed the BJP’s instructions.

“It was unexpected for him, but he followed the instructions of the party. And a worker like me (from) Balasaheb and Anand Dighe, was appointed chief minister, I am grateful to Prime Minister Modi, Minister of Interior Amit Shah and BJP leader JP Nadda. I thanked Naddaji yesterday. The perception that was there among the people, which was totally changed that BJP is not only for power but also for ideology”, did he declare.

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