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Weblog: A BJP-Sena Reunion? What Leaders On Each Sides Advise

A doable rapprochement between the BJP and Shiv Sena, triggered by the current unscripted assembly between Uddhav Thackeray and Prime Minister Modi in Dehli, shouldn’t be completely implausible, at the very least three political leaders from Maharashtra advised me over the weekend.

Whereas particulars of the 30-45 minute assembly between Uddhav Thackeray and the PM are but to emerge, it is truthful to imagine ‘peace discuss’ was on the desk. The Chief Minister led a delegation to the Prime Minister to debate the difficulty of reservation – job and school seat quotas – for the higher caste Marathas, a strong group in Maharashtra; after that, the PM met individually with the Chief Minister. The non-public face time would have served as an opportunity for Uddhav Thackeray to clarify to the PM the circumstances which led him, inNovember 2019, to interrupt his get together’s 30-year alliance with the BJP, mentioned the chief. 

Two days after the meet, Sanjay Raut, an MP from the Sena and a fierce critic of the BJP, described Mr Modi as a “prime chief of the nation”. Publicly, all members of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) – the Sena, Congress and NCP – have performed down any menace to their authorities because of the assembly. However there are telltale indicators and noises.

Uddhav Thackeray and PM Modi in New Delhi

Over the weekend got here the information {that a} Sena MLA has written to Uddhav Thackeray, urging a reunion with the BJP. The MLA is being investigated for money-laundering. A reconciliation, he argued, would get central investigative companies to again off – the presumption being that the investigations are completed on the behest of the BJP to harass political opponents. Pratap Sarnaik wrote in his letter that although the BJP and the Shiv Sena aren’t companions anymore, their leaders have good relations and that “we should always make use of this”. Yesterday, the president of the Congress in Maharashtra, Nana Patole, snapped that the alliance with the Sena was fashioned for five-years, insinuating that its long-term prospects are removed from assured.

When Uddhav Thackeray swapped the BJP for the Congress and Sharad Pawar’s get together, the NCP, he mentioned the BJP was overplaying its hand and exaggerating its significance in demanding a bigger function than the Sena within the Maharashtra authorities. The election outcomes had thrown up the Sena as the most important winner, with the BJP as runner-up. Uddhav Thackeray inserted his Sena into a brand new coalition – the Maha Vikas Agadi or MVA – and began his first time period ever as Chief Minister.


Uddhav Thackeray with Sharad Pawar

The Sena shouldn’t be sad with the current association, the chief who spoke to me, was fast so as to add. The alliance, regardless of the occasional creaks, is working nicely, and Uddhav Thackeray broadly has a free hand in decision-making, he mentioned.

But, he mentioned, there’s a rising view inside a bit of the Sena to fix fences with the BJP; for one, the Sena has no emotional join with the Congress, even after two years of governing the state collectively. Uddhav Thackeray’s consolation lies, he mentioned, with Sharad Pawar of the NCP, who, it has been reported now and again, performs the double function of mediator and prime strategist in smoothing over variations that crop up inside the tripartie alliance.

One other chief pointed to this straw within the wind – that Uddhav Thackeray, in his handle on the Sena’s Basis Day this weekend, didn’t straight goal the Modi-led authorities or the BJP. This regardless of a bodily conflict simply three days earlier between Sena and BJP employees in Mumbai over a scathing editorial within the Sena mouthpiece, Saamna, on allegedly shady land offers in Ayodhya by the Ram Mandir Belief.


Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) employees protesting outdoors Shiv Sena Bhavan

In his speech, the Chief Minister’s sharpest barb was reserved for current feedback by the Maharashtra Congress chief saying his get together is eager to go solo in future elections. With out naming him, Uddhav Thackeray mentioned “if we don’t provide options to individuals’s issues, however solely discuss going it alone in politics, individuals will beat us with chappals.”

No such sharp phrases, although, for the BJP. This ‘silence’ was vital, mentioned a BJP chief.

If certainly some inside each events hope for a BJP-Sena reunion, the sticking level stays the plain query of Chief Ministership – Uddhav Thackeray won’t give up his time period and the BJP needs the highest workplace for its personal man. Carefully linked to this X-factor is the as but unresolved friction between Devendra Fadnavis, who was changed in workplace by Uddhav Thackeray. The competing political ambitions of each males is broadly believed to one of many major causes behind the Sena-BJP break.

Since his dramatic ouster in 2019, Devendra Fadnavis has made a number of unsuccessful makes an attempt to stage a counter-coup to recapture the chair that he believes was wrongfully usurped from him, solely worsening tensions with Uddhav Thackeray and the Sena.


Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray (File photograph)

Whereas it’s unsure if the BJP believes it ought to insist on reclaiming the Chief Minister’s submit (a requirement the Sena is unlikely to concede), one doable resolution gaining foreign money is shifting Devendra Fadnavis to a outstanding function within the Centre to pave the best way in the direction of a BJP-Sena patch-up.

Within the occasion, mentioned a pacesetter, Uddhav stays on as Chief Minister however, presumably, with 2 BJP deputies. (The names of the BJP’s Sudhir Mungantiwar, an OBC chief from Vidarbha, and Ashish Shelar, a Maratha chief from Mumbai, are doing the rounds, albeit speculatively).

On the identical time, all three leaders I spoke to mentioned nothing is prone to change as of now. All events in Maharashtra, like elsewhere , are studying the ripples of post-pandemic political waters.

Issues may come to a head nearer to elections to Mumbai’s highly effective and cash-rich municipal company in February subsequent 12 months, a couple of chief mentioned. By then, mentioned one in all them, each the BJP and the Sena would wish readability on whether or not a homecoming is on the playing cards, to determine whether or not to “go all out” towards one another or not. This readability might come sooner quite than later. “July can be a major month” he mentioned. 

(Sreenivasan Jain is Group Editor, Kaiserin Magazine)

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