Jansangh was formed by the activists, who were nurtured by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Hence it was but natural for Jansangh to spread in nationalist minded Maharashtra. Right from the day of inception, Jansangh began its activities in Maharashtra. However, In view of a variety of political ideologies, prevailing in the state, especially that of Congress, it was not an easy task to spread wings. The challenges confronted by BJP, founded in 1980, after the second Independence, were no mean task compared with those faced by erstwhile Jansangh. Maharashtra has been known as bastion of Congress through the deeply rooted and widely spread co-operative movement in the Post – Independence era. Thus treading of Nationalist BJP in Maharashtra was not an easier feat.
Despite many odds, workers and leaders of erstwhile Jansangh, who had identified themselves with the expectations of common man, with relentless efforts infused necessary strength and the party began to grow in Maharashtra. Vasantrao Bhagwat, Uttamrao Patil, Rambhau Mhalagi, Balasaheb Kanetkar, Jhamatmal Wadhavani, Babanrao Deshpande, Madhukarrao Mahajan, Ram Kapse, Vasant Patwardhan, Jaywantiben Mehta, Hashu Adwani and many others were the force behind growth of the party. It created an image of the party in Maharashtra, also it grew a sense of belongingness among the people. BJP began to expand its roots in Maharashtra, while young leaders of next generation, such as Pramod Mahajan, Gopinath Munde, Dharamchand Choradiya, Nitin Gadkari, Pandurang Phundkar, Prakash Jawadekar, Vishwas Gangurde, Ramdas Nayak, joined the ranks. The Party was now in its full gallop and wrested power jointly with Shiv Sena by defeating Congress in the State Assembly elections of 1995. The incumbent National Party President Nitin Gadkari was Minister for Public Works (PWD) in the Maharashtra ministry then, he gave a new direction to the transport management in the state by constructing more than 55 fly-overs in Mumbai metropolis and also the Mumbai – Pune Express way.
The young blood in the party – Sudhir Mungantiwar, Vinod Tawde, Devendra Phadanvis, Eknath Khadse, Kirit Somaiya, Pankaja Munde, etc. are taking the party ahead today. The team, under the leadership of Devendra ji Fadnavis, as State BJP Chief (Pradeshadhyaksha), has won the elections to the State legislative assembly in 2014. It emerged as the single largest party with 122 members, in a House of 288 members. Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the First – Ever BJP Chief Minister of Maharashtra.