Maharashtra Political Crisis After the defeat of a candidate of Mahavikas Aghadi in the Legislative Council elections, when Chief Minister Thackeray called a meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs late night at his official residence to review the defeat, about a dozen Shiv Sena MLAs, including Eknath Shinde, were missing.
Omprakash Tiwari, Mumbai. The Shiv Sena-led Mahavikas Aghadi government, formed in Maharashtra just two and a half years ago, seems to be in trouble. Because a large group of MLAs of Shiv Sena, under the leadership of one of its strongman Eknath Shinde, have gone and sat in Surat, a city in the BJP-ruled state of Gujarat. The number of these MLAs is such that they can spoil the game of Uddhav government by joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Shivsena candidate was defeated in Rajya Sabha elections
After the defeat of Shiv Sena candidate Sanjay Pawar in the Rajya Sabha elections held on June 10 in Maharashtra, there were speculations that the countdown to the Mahavikas Aghadi government would begin. Ten days later, in the Legislative Council elections held on June 20, the BJP put a stamp on this speculation by defeating Congress’s first priority candidate Chandrakant Handore. On the other hand, under the leadership of Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader and senior minister Eknath Shinde in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, a large number of party MLAs disappeared and increased the heartbeat of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
More than a dozen Shiv Sena MLAs were missing in the meeting
Around a dozen Shiv Sena MLAs, including Eknath Shinde, were missing when Chief Minister Thackeray called a meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs late last night at his official residence to review the defeat after the defeat of a candidate of Mahavikas Aghadi in the Legislative Council elections. At the same time, Uddhav came to know that all these MLAs had camped in Surat city of neighboring Gujarat state ruled by BJP. That is, the clouds of danger had started hovering over the Mahavikas Aghadi. By morning, this news made the leaders of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi sleepless. Eknath Shinde could not even be contacted.
Sharad Pawar claims, there will be no effect on the government
NCP President Sharad Pawar, who was the architect of the Uddhav government formed two and a half years ago, was in Delhi. Talking to the press in Delhi itself, he said that this is an internal matter of Shiv Sena. This will not have any effect on the Mahavikas Aghadi government. Pawar also reminded that two and a half years ago, during the formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, the BJP had imprisoned many of his MLAs in BJP-ruled Haryana. But he managed to form the government by freeing his MLAs from there. Sharad Pawar was definitely saying this. But he too was afraid of a split in his party. Therefore, like Shiv Sena, Congress, Pawar also called a meeting of his party MLAs and started the exercise of handling his arithmetic.
Mutual discord in Congress too
Let us tell you that the problem is not only in Shiv Sena. A day earlier, due to the defeat of Congress’s first priority Dalit candidate Chandrakant Handore in the Legislative Council elections, mutual discord has started in the Congress. According to the latest information, there are more than three dozen MLAs with Eknath Shinde in Surat. Apart from Shiv Sena, Congress and independent MLAs are also being told. But if the number of these MLAs is added to the BJP and the independent MLAs supporting it, then the Uddhav government is in grave danger.
how will the reversal happen
BJP’s strength reaches 112 by including its own 106 MLAs along with its supporters, 06 independents. But in the last Rajya Sabha election, it got the support of 123 MLAs. Whereas in the Legislative Council elections held a day earlier, 134 MLAs appeared with him. Whereas the number of 145 MLAs is required to form the government in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. As a large number of independents are seen with Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde, if all of them come with the BJP, then it will not take long for a big upheaval in the politics of the state.