What is the biggest challenge for the regional parties? The answer to that is their over dependence on leaders of one family. This can be fatal especially when the dynastic leader proves to be politically incompetent. This has happened many times in Indian polity at national and state level but what is now unfolding in Maharashtra is unparalleled. This has in a way ended the myth of invincibility of Thackerays in Shiv Sena.
It is not Uddhav Ji’s Shiv Sena anymore
The unholy tripartite alliance of the ideologically opposed parties to form Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was never stable and had conflicts of its own. But what seemed to be impossible earlier has happened in Maharashtra politics. It is neither the Congress nor the NCP which has exploded; rather it is the ‘ideologically’ committed Shiv Sena. It has in a way thrown out its own party Supremo Uddhav Ji under the bus for betraying Hindutva ideology of Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena.
Facing utter humiliation for over two-and-a-half years, the patience of Shiv Sainiks ran out. The party legislatures opened a rebellion against the all powerful and “Best’ CM Uddhav Thackeray. Under the able leadership of Eknath Shinde majority of the party MLAs shifted out of the state and resurrected the original ideology of BalaSaheb’s SS.
The ‘Best’ CM tried to pull a remarkable comeback and made an emotional appeal to all these MLAs which badly backfired on him, resulting in strengthening of the numbers on Shinde Camp. This emotional appeal by Uddhav ji got an honest reply on what and where he went wrong and compromised with the party ideology.
On 22nd June, Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Shirsat from the Aurangabad (West) Assembly seat wrote a crisp letter in response to the feeble CM’s emotional appeal. This last resort appeal of the CM was to save himself from the inevitable political doom. In the letter, MLA pointed out how the party MLAs had to suffer humiliation while the constituent parties kept rejoicing and flourished at the expense of Shiv Sena.
Sena MLA Shirsat in the letter wrote, “While we weren’t able to meet the Chief Minister, people from our ‘real opposition’– the Congress and the NCP used to get opportunities to meet him and even funds were given to them related to work in their constituencies”.
The MLA reflected anguish of all the party members on issues of unfounded mistrust within the party. He asked, “The Shiv Sena votes did not split in the Rajya Sabha polls, then why so much distrust in us for the Legislative Council polls?”.
He added, “We used to call people around the CM but they never used to attend our calls. We were fed up with all these things and persuaded Eknath Shinde to take this step.”
The MLA poured his grief over not being allowed to visit Ram Mandir along with CM’s son Aditya Thackeray. He questioned Uddhav Ji on why the party which claimed to be flag bearer of Hindutva had such restrictions? He wrote, “When Hindutva and Ram Mandir are crucial issues for the party, then why did the party stop us from visiting Ayodhya”.
Dejected on CM’s emotional tardy response, he said i am writing this letter as you didn’t answer our basic questions. In the letter he wrote, “Today we are with Shinde with the belief that his home, which has always been open to us in difficult circumstances, will remain so. Yesterday, whatever you said made us emotional. But I did not get answers to basic questions. So, in order to convey my feelings to you, I had to write this emotional letter”.
Unlike Uddhav ji, BalaSaheb Thackeray politically controlled puppets not the other way round
You must have seen the news report that claims, Sharad Pawar was deciding all the decisions of the government. Further, it is also claimed that if anyone can save the MVA alliance it is Sharad Pawar alone. Does this not indicate that, the Supremo of Shiv Sena was reduced to second fiddle of Sharad Pawar. Decisions Good or bad were all taken by NCP chief Sharad Pawar high jacking the government. Pawar for his nefarious political agenda took Shiv Sena for a ride and kept pushing it away from Hindutva.
Unlike him, his late father was always in command whether win or loss. He used to pull strings of all political figures, not the other way round. But the rebellion for the Hindutva cause emphasis it much more on the need for regional parties to allow its leadership go beyond incompetent dynast and only meritious political heirs like Eknath Shinde should have command of Hindutva party. So, better for the “Best’ CM to digest this fact that Shiv Sena is not his anymore.
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