In Maharashtra, with less than a fortnight to go for the assembly elections political parties are pulling out all the stops by reaching out to the voters. Rallies, road shows, door to door campaigns besides making use of social media for campaign trails are being undertaken by leaders of various political parties. On Vijayadashmi several leaders organised rallies to launch their poll campaigns, prominent among them were BJP chief Amit Shah, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray. AIR correspondent reports that BJP president Amit Shah addressed election rally for party nominee from Beed, Pankaja Munde at Savargaon yesterday where he not only praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of Abrogation of Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir but also lauded him for doing great work for the OBCs.
Shah said that the Prime Minister addressed the issue of backward classes by setting up the OBC Commission which the previous governments couldn’t do. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray also made a mention of abrogation of article 370 and said that it was the dream of his father and party founder Bal Thackeray that Kashmir should be integrated with the rest of India. Today, Uddhav's estranged cousin Raj Thackeray too will launch his party's poll campaign in Pune. Meanwhile, the election commission has filed 477 cases against individuals for possessing illicit liquor, breaching of peace and security among others.