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Return of Saffron Sena

By Deepak Kumar Rath
Updated: July 7, 2022 1:28 pm

By Deepak Kumar Rath


Eknath Shinde, who forced Uddhav Thackeray to step down, won the trust vote by 164-99 votes during the floor test in the assembly today (When I am writing this edit.). In fact, the roots of dissension in Shiv Sena took place after the election to the upper house of Parliament in Maharashtra. The BJP victory had set the fears on the stability of the MVA government. The cracks started appearing within hours of declaration of the results with no one taking the responsibility for the collective defeat but each party blaming the other for the fiasco. Shiv Sena, the sufferer, suspected the role of NCP and its leader Sharad Pawar in their failure to arrange for the second preferential votes. Obviously, Sharad Pawar had no concern for the loss of Shiv Sena candidate as by keeping Thackeray on his toes some political advantage was sure to accrue to him. But Eknath Shinde turned the table on both Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray. The biggest complaint of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs was that Uddhav Thackeray had not only handed over important ministries to the Congress and NCP for the sake of his chair, but he did not care at all for the Shiv Sena MLAs. Apart from this, the serious complaint of almost all Shiv Sena MLAs against Thackeray was that the Chief Minister did not give time to meet even to his party’s MLAs. Then, to whom should the MLAs go to address the grievances of their electorate? The leaders who had been loyally active in Shiv Sena for years were also annoyed with the fact that Shiv Sena left the Hindutvavadi BJP and Uddhav Thackeray sat on the lap of Congress against whom Balasaheb Thackeray had formed Shiv Sena.

Here, it is apt to mention that the electorate of Maharashtra handed over the mandate in favour of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the electoral battle held in October 2019 to the state Assembly but, lately, it saw the coming together of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, which was rightly described by political analysts as an unscrupulous and opportunistic alliance. This illogical, irrational and unconvincing arrangement had plunged the state into political uncertainty and administrative instability, as there was a big question mark on the longevity of Uddhav Thackeray-led dispensation. In fact, in the guise of saving democracy, in Maharashtra, we had a CM from a party with just 56 MLAs in a house of 288! What Shiv Sena did was outright blackmail and NCP and Congress sold their ‘secular’ soul at the altar of power to keep out BJP, and experts talk about federalism, Constitution and democracy even as every politician trample them out of greed and insult the voters. The will of the people was not reflected in the government formation in Maharashtra and democracy had literally failed by allowing a blackmailer to become the CM. Now, it is hoped the Eknath Shinde-led government will tread the path of restoring the Balsaheb Thackeray-professed Hindutva and will takw the state to the pinnacle of development. Finally, it can be aptly summed up that Uddhav shunned Hindutva for power, whereas Fadnavis shunned power for Hindutva.

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