Mumbai, Jan 16 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today termed the violence near Koregaon Bhima village earlier this month a result of “conspiracy”.

Fadnavis was speaking at a meeting of state BJP office-bearers here. The party’s state unit chief Raosaheb Danve was also present.

“There was a conspiracy behind the Koregaon Bhima violence. We (BJP workers) should remain alert. BJP workers should try to maintain communal harmony in the society. A constant dialogue with people is necessary,” the chief minister said.

Dalits visiting a war memorial at Koregaon Bhima in Pune district came under attack on January 1, leading to massive protests and a shut-down across the state two days later.

The chief minister also asked the party workers to prepare for “forthcoming elections”.

“We have decided to hold tri-colour rally (“Tiranga rally”) at every district place on January 26 to counter Opposition leaders’ `Samvidhan Bachao’ (`Save Constitution’) rally in Mumbai,” said Danve in his speech.

“Some people are conspiring to malign the BJP and the state government because of our development works. The Halla-bol rally of Opposition has failed, it has had no impact on people,” the state BJP chief said.

BJP sources said the party leaders discussed how to strengthen workers’ network and the preparations for coming local body elections.

The party is also assessing the communal impact of Koregaon Bhima incident and its aftermath, sources added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.