Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, considered among the closest BJP leaders to the Thackerays, on Friday hinted that there could be a suprise element in the race to form government in Maharashtra. When asked about the government formation in the state, Gadkari said that anything can happen in Cricket and politics and a losing side can emerge victorious.
"Anything can happen in cricket and politics. Sometimes you feel you are losing the match, but the result is exactly the opposite. Also, I have just arrived from Delhi, I don't know the detailed politics of Maharashtra," Gadkari said.
#WATCH "Anything can happen in cricket and politics. Sometimes you feel you are losing the match, but the result is exactly the opposite. Also, I have just arrived from Delhi, I don't know the detailed politics of Maharashtra,"Union Min Nitin Gadkari on Maharashtra govt formation pic.twitter.com/JB6cfeMRok— ANI (@ANI) November 14, 2019
On being asked what will happen to ongoing infrastructure projects in Mumbai if Maharashtra gets a non-BJP government in Maharashtra, the Union Transport Minister said that he didn't have any problem with that. "Governments change, but projects continue. I see no problem with it. Be it BJP,NCP or Congress,any party which forms govt will support positive policies," Gadkari said.
The remarks from Gadkari came hours after the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena finalised a draft of thier 'common minimum program' for forming a coalition government in the state. Addressing a joint press conference with leaders of NCP and Congress, Sena leader Eknath Shinde said, "Draft of the 'Common Minimum Program' has been decided. Top leaders of the three parties (Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) will make final decision on it.
The draft has been finalised after several consultation over last two days. According to sources, unemployment, farm loan waiver, increasing MSP, crop insurance scheme, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and BR Ambedkar memorial are some of the things that featured in the ‘common minimum program’ of these three parties.