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fadnavis: Fadnavis’ Rs poll strategy brings joy to Bjp and cements its place at the top | Bombay News

Mumbai: For BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, snatching Rajya Sabha’s third seat in the party was a personal victory as it cements his position at the top of the party’s state leadership.
The BJP seemed to have a rock-solid strategy in place for the election, from mastering complex election calculations to keeping a support team ready for Election Day.
“Even if Suhas Kande’s vote had not been declared invalid and imprisoned CPN MP Nawab Malik had been allowed to vote, we would still have won because we had many convincing votes,” Fadnavis said in his first reaction after the victory. He warned the MVA that its lawmakers were voting for the BJP in the upcoming Legislative Council polls as they were unhappy with the lack of development in the state. “Since voting in the Legislative Council is by secret ballot, more MPs from the ruling party will vote for us,” he said.
Sources said that while Fadnavis was concentrating on the Rajya Sabha election calculations, he had a small group of MPs who were coordinating closely with the Center on the issue of bail for the two jailed MVA ministers, contacting independents and small parties, were watching the ballot. closely and ensured that complaints to the Electoral Commission were not only filed on time but also rigorously followed up.
For the Rajya Sabha polls, Fadnavis’ strategy was to focus on preferential second votes to give the party an edge. “Fadnavis ensured that the maximum first preferential votes went to Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Dr Anil Bonde (48 votes each). Of all those who won the first preferential votes, theirs were the highest,” said analyst Ravikiran Deshmukh. “In accordance with the rules of these ballots, the second preferential votes of the candidate who obtained the highest first preferential votes are counted for the candidate who needs them to win the election. In this case, to the third candidate of the BJP, Dhananjay Mahadik. The Shiv Sena does not seem to have paid attention to this crucial aspect,” Deshmukh added.
The BJP had 106 votes and seven additional votes from the allies. Fadnavis secured an initial 27 preferential votes for Mahadik, and 10 additional votes from independents and small parties. By making sure Goyal and Bonde get the highest first preference votes, he makes sure it’s their second preference votes that are counted.
Fadnavis pointed out that party candidate Dhananjay Mahadik got 41.56 votes, more than even the leading Shiv Sena candidate, Sanjay Raut, who got 41.
Fadnavis attributed the support of independents and smaller parties to their dissatisfaction with the MVA government for the lack of development work in their constituencies.
Reaching out to smaller parties such as the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) led by Hitendra Thakur, which has three votes, was crucial, sources said. The BVA and the Shiv Sena disagree over control of the Palghar district. BJP MP Girish Mahajan, who claimed Thakur was an old friend, had traveled to Vasai-Virar to seek his help with the elections.
At the national level, Fadnavis rose to stature in the BJP after the party performed well in the Bihar assembly elections as he was the party coordinator there. In Goa, where he was in charge of the assembly polls, he ensured the party’s return to power.
“RS poll is a small victory, the biggest fights are around the corner and BJP will also follow the path of victory,” Fadnavis said. “We will defeat the MVA in all local body elections, including the BMC elections.”