The record breaking voter turnout in Haryana and reasonably high polling in Maharashtra were encouraging and promises well for a democracy like ours. The dice was ready against the Congress. The BJP appears to be rapidly gaining ground under Modi. The saffron party has won most seats but is falling short of a majority. BJP emerged as the largest party in Maharashtra assembly and Shiv Sena finished on second, triggering conciliatory noises from the two former allies over government formation but each appeared to be waiting for the other to blink first. In its maiden outing without the crutches of Shiv Sena in 25 years, BJP was way ahead of rivals with 120 plus seats in the 288-member Assembly, short of the half way mark of 144. Shiv Sena, though second in the race, was far behind with its nominees winning 63 seats. Congress, which along with NCP ruled the state for 15 years in a row, set for a major debacle.
Now to form a government is the biggest task for BJP. Sena wants to go with BJP in their own terms, whereas NCP offered outside support to help it form a government in Maharashtra. There can be one more combination and that would be Sena-NCP and Congress going together, which is highly impossible. The reason is simple, Congress is known for its secular stand and Shiv Sena has extreme Hindu ideology. If they both come together, more than Sena and its Hindutva agenda, this would damage the future prospects of Congress all over the country. Till two days ago, Modi and Pawar were tearing each other shirts but now BJP has accepted outside support of NCP ‘Natural Corrupt Party’. They are aware of realities that they are losing popularity and will accept support from any party. NCP is a brazen party and doesn’t have any principle! If BJP is wise, it should never take any support from NCP. People in Maharashtra hate NCP and its leaders. However, they played this stroke very well. NCP’s 60 leaders already installed in BJP, and now he is rendering them support from outside, which will be again conditional but by accepting this, BJP would be always at the mercy of Pawar because he can hint all his BJP joined NCP leaders to become rebels with the party. Right now, Pawar holds the key to power.
NCP has always been power crazy and its leaders will do alliance with any party to be in the government. The Congress is at a disadvantage in Maharashtra exclusively due to the corruption of NCP. Pawar ruined food grains, when lakhs were starving for food. He along with his associates jacked up onion price whenever there was election. Praful Patel placed an order for 50 airbuses, costing thousands of crores and it almost ruined the Air India. Mr. Ajit Pawar swindled Rs.72,000 crores in irrigation scam without getting a single drop of water either for drinking or irrigation. The scams of NCP are endless. Such corrupt political parties should be rejected by the people.
Besides, Marathi Asmita does not echo with the Thackerays. The Thackerays are a grumbling block who created Shiv Sena to hunt down the South Indians and the North Indians in Mumbai. Now, time for Shiv Sena to shut office has arrived. The people of Maharashtra have understood this fact and voted for the BJP but the leadership of Shiv Sena at Matoshree does not seem to sense the ground reality. There are only two strongest possibilities, either Sena and BJP or BJP and NCP. There has been speculation that Shiv Sena could demand chief ministership as a condition for the reunion with BJP to form government despite the latter emerging as the largest party.
However, the estranged former allies appeared willing to bury the hatchet. There appeared to exist conflicting views on whether BJP should approach the Sena and seek its support for government formation. The people of Maharashtra have not given mandate to any single party. No party is in a position to form a stable government on its own. The NCP, which was in the government headed by Congress for last 15 years in the state, has won 41 seats.
Meanwhile, BJP is all set to form the government in Haryana — for the first time on its own. Outgoing Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda accepted defeat as the BJP contested the assembly elections on its own in the state, upset past trends, and will now lead a majority government. The BJP had clear majority with 47 seats, one seat more than majority. The party needs to win 46 seats to secure a simple majority in the 90-member assembly. The INLD won 19 seats while Congress has won 15 seats. The BJP win in Haryana is a big achievement given the fact that it had won only four assembly seats in the 2009 assembly polls. Its highest ever tally of Haryana assembly seats was 16. BJP marked its victory in both the states but Maharashtra gonna be tough with alliance in forming government. Let’s see who comes together and who parts ways again with BJP.