Thane (Maharashtra). Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis responded on Monday to the claim by Ajit Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) that “selfish” leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had brought two sick MLAs by ambulance for the election. of the Legislative Council and Rajya Sabha. from Pune to Mumbai to vote.
Kasba MLA Mukta Tilak and Chinchwad MLA Laxman Jagtap arrive by ambulance at the Mumbai Legislative Complex to vote for the BJP in the two elections held in June last year. In both elections, there was a close contest between the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi and the opposition in terms of one vote each.
Jagtap’s death required the bypoll at Chinchwad. Addressing an election rally the same day, NCP senior leader Pawar said: “This rush (calling to vote while sick) was unbearable for them (Tilak and Jagtap) but they remained silent because of the game. BJP should have understood that health is more important than elections, but these selfish people (BJP leaders) didn’t pay attention.”
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In response to this, Fadnavis said: “There are leaders in our party who will give their blood and life for the party. We are proud of him. We don’t have selfish leaders like NCP.”
Fadnavis was here in Dombivali to take part in a two-day conference involving the Brahmin community. Secondary polls to Chinchwad and Kasba in Pune district, necessitated by the death of Jagtap and Tilak respectively, will take place on February 26. Tilak died on December 22 of last year while Jagtap died on January 3 of this year. (agency)