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Act politically instead of street fight


The Shiv Sena, a strong cadre based regional party of Maharastra has been facing a storm for the last over a week now from within pushing the government on the verge of collapse.

Sena's one of the strong man Eknath Shinde has revolted against the Thackerys on the issue that Shiv Sena lead by Udhav Thankery has deviated away from the Sena's established Hindutva ideology and joined hands with those whom he termed as the detractors of Hindutva.


Over a week now, the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is battling a survival crisis following the rebellion of senior Sena minister Eknath Shinde and a sizable number of MLAs belonging to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. Shinde and the party rebels, who are currently camping in Guwahati, have said he has 46 MLAs supporting him.

Uddhav Thackeray is Maharashtra Chief Minister and he will remain the CM. If we get the chance, we will prove our majority on the floor of the House, said Sena leader Sanjay Raut. Uddhav Thackeray addressed the public via a Facebook live and said that he was ready to step down if the rebel MLAs came forward and told him on his face to do so. Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra was an unnatural alliance and it was imperative for his party to walk out of the coalition with the NCP and the Congress for its own sake and that of party workers.

It is necessary to quit the unnatural alliance for the sake of Shiv Sainiks and the Shiv Sena. It is important to take a decision in the interest of the state, Shinde said. The rebel faction challenged the appointment of Sena MLA from Mumbai Ajay Choudhari as the Legislature Party leader, and the rejection of their no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal. On the other side, the loyalists of Thackeray, too, have geared up to take on the rebels with Arvind Sawant, MP, stating that the party had already initiated legal action to disqualify the 16 rebel MLAs by serving notices on them.

For decades, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance was cast in iron. It was like nothing could shake this. That changed after the last Vidhan Sabha elections. The alliance broke as the Shiv Sena held out for the CM's post and better allocation of portfolios. But, underlying this was the fear that the Sena, which was always the senior partner in the Shiv Sena BJP alliance, was now relegated to a junior role, with relegation from even state in the offing.

The alliance with the NCP and the INC was the Sena's way of reasserting itself. From the time of the MVA government forming, it has been on shaky ground. The pandemic allowed Uddhav Thackeray to talk directly to the people of Maharashtra with regular tangible updates. The man who was seen as a reluctant politician was suddenly centre stage, and gaining accolades for the way the pandemic was contained.

But like most dynasts, Uddhav Thackeray does not have a base of his own. His power arises from the magnetic effect his father had, on not just the rank and file of the Shiv Sena but the state as a whole. While the power of the chieftains of Shiv Sena arose from the approval of Balasaheb Thackeray, his son was the head of the Sena, because of the approval of the local chieftains. Eknath Shinde is one of those chieftains who derives his power from a very strong local connect, something that Uddhav Thackeray does not have. Coming days are very crucial in the politics of Maharashtra with the turn of events after the judicial intervention by the Supreme Court of granting interim relief to the rebels.

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