First Shiv Sena and now a dent in NCP! Learn how BJP got success in the second largest state
Maharashtra politics crisis: In terms of population, in Maharashtra, India’s second largest state, it is believed that the BJP was successful in making a dent in the NCP before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. In June 2022, BJP broke the MLAs of Shiv Sena, as a result of which Eknath Shinde became the Chief Minister of the state. It is now believed that the BJP has also been successful in wooing most of the MLAs of Sharad Pawar-led NCP as Ajit Pawar is said to have the support of 40 MLAs. Ajit Pawar took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Saturday (July 1).
Ajit Pawar has made it clear that he will contest the elections on the NCP symbol only. The NCP has 54 MLAs in Maharashtra and according to the anti-defection law, it is mandatory to have the support of two-thirds of the MLAs for a separate faction. In the event of a separate faction, Ajit Pawar would need the support of 36 MLAs. If further developments turn into a separate faction of Ajit Pawar, then it will be seen as a successful attempt of BJP’s ‘burglary’.
How did the BJP break in?
The ambition of power and the longing to fulfill it gives rise to the possibilities of future political developments. Many times, in an attempt to give shape to the possibilities, dissatisfaction takes place and this dissatisfaction turns into a possibility for the opposing parties. In the developments in Maharashtra, something similar has been seen first with Shiv Sena and then with NCP.
BJP focused on the disgruntled leaders of the opposition parties and tried to woo them. However, Ajit Pawar has said that he has taken this decision to support the national interest and development, in which he has the satisfaction and support of most of the MLAs and will do whatever is necessary for the progress of Maharashtra.
‘This action was done using agencies’
On the latest development, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, “While accusing the NCP, PM Modi had said that the party leaders are involved in corruption and are involved in the irrigation scam.” Today it was proved that the allegations made by PM Modi were wrong. I believe this action has been taken using agencies as there are cases against our 6-7 leaders.
He said, “I want to give credit for this to PM Modi. He had given a statement two days ago and after that statement some people started feeling uncomfortable, some of them were also facing ED action. Used the enforcement agencies to intimidate their leaders and pulled them in their favor.
What happened to Shiv Sena in 2022?
BJP and Shiv Sena were together before the 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections. Both contested the election in alliance. BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44 in the elections. After the election, there was no alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena regarding the post of Chief Minister and both the parties parted ways. The majority mark for the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly is 145. Now any party had to face this challenge to form the government.
On 23 November 2019 too, there was a big upheaval. Ajit Pawar had given support to BJP. Devendra Fadnavis had become the Chief Minister and Ajit Pawar the Deputy CM, but then Sharad Pawar had given a shock to Ajit Pawar’s move saying that his (Ajit’s) decision was personal and not that of the party. He had stopped the MLAs from supporting Ajit. When the Supreme Court asked for a majority test, Fadnavis had already resigned due to lack of numbers. He was able to remain CM only for 72 hours.
On the other hand, Shiv Sena joined hands with NCP and Congress on the condition of CM’s post and formed a new alliance – Mahavikas Aghadi. The government of Mahavikas Aghadi was formed and Uddhav Thackeray became the CM. In those days, a change was seen in the staunch Hindutva stance of the Shiv Sena, which was following the coalition dharma. Ideological differences started arising within the Shiv Sena itself. Some people accused Uddhav Thackeray of not leading the Shiv Sena according to Balasaheb’s thinking, including Eknath Shinde. The BJP was keeping an eye on the turmoil within the party.
Breach in MVA
On June 21, 2022, Eknath Shinde reached Gujarat with 35 Shiv Sena MLAs. The next day he reached Guwahati with the MLAs and told that 40 MLAs would be with him. On 29 June, the Supreme Court ordered that a floor test be held on 30 June. Uddhav Thackeray did not bother to do the majority test and resigned in a press conference on 29th June itself. On June 30, Eknath Shinde took oath as Chief Minister and Devendra Fadnavis as Deputy Chief Minister. Even then it was believed that BJP made a dent in AVA.
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