Earlier this month, addressing booth workers, BJP president Amit Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the party must win Baramati. While the constituency has been a bastion of the Pawars, in the 2014 general elections your victory margin had fallen. What is the NCP’s strategy this time?
I am flattered that both Amit Shah and the CM hold my constituency at such an important level. They want their people to win, what’s wrong with it? I will take my work to the people. Yes, seats have been lost due to internal fighting but see the recent Zila Parishad election results. We have bounced back. My strategy is clear — I take my work to the people. I even inform them when I take a day off.
There are murmurs of some unresolved issues in the constituency…
There are always murmurs. We can’t be flawless. However, what I can take to the people today is my parliamentary performance… Vote for me on merit, vote for me only if you think I have done a good job. Data shows our performance has been good.