Congress’s Nana Patole had stated that both the Deputy Chief Ministers have their eyes on the Chief Minister’s chair. There is speculation that Devendra Fadnavis is aspiring to be the CM in 2024. Well, when Nana Patole took dig at DCMs, Devendra gave a very humorous reply to Patole stating that ‘Yes, both the Deputy Chief Ministers are keeping an eye on the Chief Minister’s chair. But we have an eye to protect that chair.’ Devendra Fadnavis has given an indirect warning that if anyone looks at our Chief Minister shadily, two Deputy Chief Ministers will do the job of showing them their place. The opposition often tried to create an atmosphere of confusion by commenting on Eknath Shinde’s chief ministerial position. But every time Fadnavis took the front chair to reply to these attacks. In 2019 when Devendra lost power, he took this issue very seriously. His mission to demolish Maha Vikas Aghadi, began with the contravention of Eknath Shinde. Uddhav Thackrey had to step down from the Chief Minister post on a humiliating note.
After the split in Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde had formed a government on June 30 with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party, whose senior leader Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as deputy CM. Recently in a melodramatic turn of events which followed months of speculation that he was cosying up to the ruling BJP, the Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar — who is also NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s nephew — led a vertical split in his party and joined hands with the National Democratic Alliance. Though he claimed to have the support of all his party’s MLAs, his uncle made it clear he did not back the move. Ajit Pawar was sworn in as deputy CM for the fifth time, while eight of his colleagues were inducted as ministers in the Eknath Shinde government. Ajit Pawar took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the fifth time, setting a record for the largest number of appointments to this position since it was created in 1978. He shared the post with Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds a battery of other portfolios, including Home and Finance. Ajit also took over the finance ministry from Devendra. BJP might be growing, but Devendra’s position is shrinking.
We all have seen the overconfidence among all the political leaders in BJP, their speeches and press conference just showed how easily and casually they took the Election. Many MLA ‘S from other political parties especially NCP were welcomed in BJP and given major portfolios and important Posts, it was that NCP whom BJP used to call the most corrupt party in Maharashtra. The hypocrisy of BJP leaders was seen by the whole Maharashtrians because Modi ji used to allege NCP as one of the most corrupt parties. BJP had become a washing machine; it was like before entering BJP a person was fully Immoral but after entering BJP, same corrupts became clean. Nearly 20 MLA’S were welcomed in BJP from NCP.
Lack of Leadership in the state – All the candidates of the BJP asked to vote only on the name of Narendra Modi, but this time the people in Maharashtra were completely aware and knew that the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha elections are completely different .Now they had a face for Maharashtra, which was their previously elected chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, He is a politician who is very good at his communication skills and is knowledgeable, but when it comes to leadership, he has completely failed in last five years. Excluding him, there was no other person who was capable of being the Chief Minister candidate, nor did they have a team that could lead the state. There was also no vision shown by him or the party, there was no infrastructural development done, nor any development in the Agricultural sector nor in the educational sector. In fact, we have all seen that the BJP was just busy adopting new members from other political parties and making their party strong rather than concentrating on the development of Maharashtra.
Misusing Power: The BJP has always attacked freedom of speech and expression. Unfortunately, both of these things had become a problem for the Politicians of other political parties because if they spoke anything against the government, these leaders were harassed by central agencies. All the people have seen the BJP misusing important Government agencies like the ED, CBI, or any other agency so that they can silence the voice of people who speak against them, by blackmailing them in the name of these agencies. Autocracy had just started building in Maharashtra, where people didn’t have any right to say anything against the Government.
The BJP is in politics to be in power. It will do everything that politics allows to form a government. When the opposition can stoop so low as to dupe the party, the BJP will not sit idle or keep silent. When Shiv Sena, which can use the popularity of BJP and Modi, to win 56 seats and sabotage the alliance, does everything to place itself in power, BJP is justified in doing everything to place itself in power. The BJP will certainly do so. The BJP’s moves will always be cautious while moving its pawn. The party thinks several times and safeguards itself before going full hog into it. Hence, apparently, it may look as if it is not interested in power.