Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has said that Pune police and civil authorities are free to take action against “unauthorized” hoardings from party supporters who came before the birthdays of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad.
Birthday greetings were seen all over Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, congratulating Pawar and opposition leader Devendra Fatnavis on sharing the birthday on July 22, despite both leaders urging their supporters not to do so.
Pawar, who is also the defense minister of Pune district, said he had never asked workers to keep hoardings. “I am a man who always obeys the rules. If these hoardings are illegal, the relevant authorities of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Corporation [PCMC], Ruled by the BJP, must start operations immediately, ”Pawar said.
With the hoardings, supporters of both leaders tried to engage in a developmental game. While banners from BJP supporters and party workers appear to refer to Fatnavis as the “architect of New Pune” and the “man of development”, Pawar’s followers have put up billboards calling him the “best executive”.
These hoardings are leading up to the civic body polls in February next year, for which all major parties are preparing for a fierce battle, especially in the important Mumbai, Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad corporations.
The rivalry has already heated up as Maharashtra Congress leader Nana Patel has repeatedly announced that his party will go it alone despite its alliance with the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the state government.
Recently, Sena MP Sanjay Rawat also said that Sena will win the mayoral post in the PCMC – considered Pawar’s stronghold – by winning 50 seats in the upcoming elections.
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