Narendra Modi gifts Mumbai Rs 1.06 lakh cr worth of infra projects ahead of civic polls

Narendra Modi gifts Mumbai Rs 1.06 lakh cr worth of infra projects ahead of civic polls

After the ceremony, Modi gave a speech where he claimed to have the support of 1.25 billion Indians in his campaign against black money, and also said the proposed Shivaji statue would become a money-spinner to drive the trillion dollar tourism industry.

Modi also initiated a slew of other infrastructural projects in Mumbai. Accompanied by a large number of BJP volunteers who had collected soil from Shivaji’s forts and water from the various rivers of Maharashtra, the event was seen as a show of strength by the party, which was flexing its muscles in Sena’s backyard, over the Sena’s favourite icon: Shivaji.

In the weeks leading up to the event, Shiv Sena had put up hoardings claiming credit for Shivaji’s legacy, and describing the event as a dream project of the late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

BJP and Shiv Sena have had alliances to form the central and the state governments, but are yet to agree upon a seat-sharing formula for the upcoming civic polls. But with BJP corporators exposing irregularities in Sena-ruled BMC, the rank and file of Sena’s cadre is already jittery about the prospect of not being in power at the country’s richest civic body. Read More…

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