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Ahead of Maha election, ruling alliance out to woo women voters

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Ahead of crucial election in Maharashtra, the BJP led alliance does

Ahead of crucial election in Maharashtra, the BJP led alliance does not want to take any chances. The recent Lok Sabha poll has shown that BJP needs to woo the voter base all the more. 

Maharashtra government of the Shiv Sena-BJP-NCP combine has become the latest to announce a scheme for monetary assistance to women in the state every month.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who handles the finance portfolio, introduced the Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Scheme in the Budget. The scheme would involve Rs 1,500 transfer into the bank accounts of eligible women in the age group of 21 to 60 every month beginning July 1. The scheme is expected to cost the Maharashtra government Rs 46,000 crore.

With this, the state of Maharashtra joins in the league of 10 other states led by Congress, BJP, AAP and TMC to have promised or announced financial assistance schemes to women in the last three years, mostly in the run-up to elections.

With the outstanding success of Laadli Behena scheme in Madhya Pradesh, the Maharashtra ruling combine hopes for equally best electoral results. The Eknath Shinde-led state government will give 3 free cylinders to families comprising 5 members every year to all households under the CM Anna Chhatra Yojana.