Maha problems

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/4/2019 11:48:57 AM IST

 Ten days after the results of the Maharashtra assembly elections were declared, there is still no government formation. This is in contrast to Haryana were the election results yielded a hung Assembly but the BJP managed to cobble up a majority to form a coalition government. In Maharashtra, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its long-term ally, the Shiv Sena, which fought the polls in alliance, comfortably crossed the half-way mark. Yet, the two coalition partners who have ruled the state three times have not set their house in order. The two formed a government in Maharashtra twice between 1995-1999 and the third was in 2014 which also lasted the full term. The BJP(105) and the Shiv Sena(56) crossed the halfway mark by winning a total of 162 seats (along with one won by RSP). Given the fact that the NDA partners are in majority, even after ten days, there is no elected government in Maharashtra. Though BJP and Shiv Sena are from the same DNA, yet when it comes to power it seems that like DNAs repel each other. In 2014 the two alliance partners contested separately. BJP contested 260 and won 122 while the Shiv Sena contested 282 and won 63 seats. In the run up to the 2019 election, the BJP had worked to achieve its ‘Mission 150’ or to win majority on its own but fell short by 45 seats. On the other hand, the Shiv Sena was confident of winning at least 100 seats but ended up winning only 56 seats. In the recent election, the Shiv Sena had projected Aditya Thackeray son of Uddhav Thackeray the Sena boss as its chief ministerial candidate. However after winning only a little more than half the seats won by BJP, the Aditya factor has run aground. However, the Shiv Sena is practically arm twisting the BJP to accept its ridiculous demand of 50:50 power sharing and also sharing the chief minister’s chair on rotation of two and half years. The BJP is not content in playing second fiddle in Maharashtra anymore like it used to during the Bal Thackeray era. Today, the BJP has grown into a dominant and formidable political party in Maharashtra and the party is in no mood for the 50:50 stuff. The BJP and SS may be from the same DNA but their alliance has never been smooth. It was due to the need to forge alliance to fight against the Congress-NCP that the BJP and SS tolerated each other. The SS is now desperate enough and has been wooing the NCP. In case NPC boss Sharad Pawar agrees to an alliance, the Congress is expected to toe the line though Sonia has been lukewarm to the thought of doing business with the SS. If SS ropes in non-BJP parties, it could make a serious attempt at government formation with the help of NCP(54) Congress(44), BVA(3) and SWP (1) seats. In such a scenario the post-poll coalition under the SS could have a total of 158 MLAs and well past the halfway mark of 144. However, the SS need to be aware that BJP will also have its plan to offset this betrayal. Under Modi and Shah, the BJP is capable of turning the tide and SS will have to beware.


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