New Delhi, Nov 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its impressive victory in the municipal councils and nagar panchayat elections in Maharashtra. PM Modi described BJP’s victory as win for pro-poor and pro-development politics. Modi also congratulated the party workers, along with state unit president Rao Saheb Danve and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for the impressive performance of the party. Although Modi made no remarks to link BJP’s victory with demonetisation, party’s national president Amit Shah said that it “should be a wake up call for the Opposition which is misleading people on demonetisation.”

“I thank people of Maharashtra for placing their faith in BJP in local body polls. This is a win for pro-poor & development politics of BJP,” Modi said.

The results of civil elections conducted on November 27 was released on Monday. BJP won 50 councils out of the total 147. Congress was a distant runner-up with victories in 24 councils. Shiv Sena emerged victorious on 22, whereas, NCP stood victorious on 14. (Statistics are provided in accordance to the trends at the time this report was first published. Final tally could slightly change.)

Amit Shah took to Twitter to lambaste the Opposition, recommending them to reconsider their stance on demonetisation.