Mumbai: The Maharashtra Assembly election will not, in all likelihood, be held along with Lok Sabha election. Sources told Zee News that both the elections would not be held simultaneously.
They said the information was given to the Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by the party’s central leadership. Members of the Maharashtra unit of the saffron party had raised concerns over the possibility of the elections being held together.
Some lawmakers and party leaders had also held consultations with the central BJP leadership in this regard, the report said.
Members of the Maharashtra unit of the ruling party believed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah might be in the favour of Assembly and Lok Sabha elections being held simultaneously.
The central leadership has, however, clarified that the two elections will be held separately.
The last Assembly election in Maharashtra was held in 2014 in which the BJP had emerged as the single largest party, winning 122 seats. It formed the state government with the help of the Shiv Sena which bagged 63 seats in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress and the NCP had won 42 and 41 seats respectively.
The Maharashtra Assembly election in 2014 was held just months after the Lok Sabha elections.
With Lok Sabha elections around the corner, things are beginning to hot up. In Andhra Pradesh, the Congress has decided to go it alone and not ally with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
Making the announcement, AICC general secretary and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said, “We will contest all 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats alone.”
“The TDP allied with us only at the national level, so we will have no truck (with it) in the state,” he maintained while asserting that the Congress will not have any alliance with the ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh.