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Maharashtra Politics in melancholy state

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Every party, irrespective of its strength, wants CM post. They were even greedy enough to fight for maximum seats and to win more number of seats than it alliance partners. Everyone split apart in greed. The biggest split was between Sena and BJP. Uddhav left alone on his fate, Sena doesn’t have much funds to throw for larger than life campaign, whereas BJP is going good with its promotions and campaign. On the other side, Congress has shrunk in funds but NCP possess lots of ill wealth and powers in Maharashtra. Now ball is in voter’s court. I think, voters should go for national party instead of regional parties. Looking at the results of by poll elections in UP, Rajasthan and Bihar, BJP really needs to work hard in Maharashtra state. They still have no face to represent the party in the state and they are only banging on Modi’s image. That’s the reason, immediately after his return from the United States; he will review the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election campaigning in Maharashtra and Haryana and will devote a good part of the next 10 days for campaigning. Almost, every candidate in both the States wants Modiji to campaign for him. Without Modi, their win is not possible. The election campaign in both States that are to go for polls on October 15, ends on October 13. Modi will be busy with different programmes related to the launch of the sanitation campaign on October 2, leaving 10 days for the poll campaign. The BJP under Modi and president Amit Shah has done a huge gamble by deciding to go alone in both the States, where the party has never been in power alone, but expects a groundswell of support in its favour. BJP’s campaign in these States will be two-pronged. As Maharashtra is heading for a multi-cornered battle, political parties are accusing each other for breaking the alliance.

The BJP has announced that its campaign for the Maharashtra election will begin on Saturday with public meetings by the PM in Kolhapur and Mumbai. Party leaders indicate that Mr. Modi will address supporters in Mumbai at the same venue where the Shiv Sena launched its poll campaign last week. Party leaders also say that he will address 27 rallies across the state before voting is held on October 15.

The Shiv Sena and BJP broke the alliance over the seat sharing issue for Maharashtra Assembly elections. The Sena was adamant on contesting on at least 150 seats and the BJP demanded 130 seats for itself and 12 for other allies. Both the parties refused to budge on the issue to resolve the impasse. There is nothing wrong in Uddhav demanding 151 seats. If they took one seat of Goa from BJP, Sena gave them two seats in return. Shiv Sena’s agenda is of Hindutava and Marathi. Anyway, BJP and Sena committed big mistake by breaking the alliance, otherwise it would have been a clean sweep for them. Both power hungry local leaders now may remain powerless. BJP + NCP alliance will be a disaster if that happens. They are master of corruption and Modi is of clean image. Let’s hope good sense prevails for BJP and Sena and they will come together after elections.

Meanwhile, there are lots of speculations that, NCP and BJP will join hands together and some even speculate MNS and BJP may come together. By pulling out alliance, the NCP served the state to the BJP on a silver platter. There is also talk that this was done because an irrigation file, on a PIL filed by [activist] Pravin Wategaokar, was to come before Prithviraj Chavan for sanction. The court had asked the state why it was not acting on the Madhav Chitale committee report [which probed the irrigation scam]. In response, the anti-corruption bureau had sought an open inquiry against former NCP ministers Sunil Tatkare and Ajit Pawar. NCP might be scared of consequences from Congress chief minister. NCP have been deeply suspicious about Prithviraj Chavan’s role in the irrigation controversy. Congress and NCP ruled this state for 15 years but NCP has become famous for corruption more than Congress. There was always a threat to their alliance. Many political pundits say, this break up is big drama to divide votes of Sena and BJP.

Anyway, break up and make up is a part and parcel of politics. In the process, Raj Thackeray had a secret meeting with Union Minister & BJP leader Nitin Gadkari in Amaravati (Vidarbha) on Tuesday. This meeting was a clear indication that Raj Thackeray was keeping all his political options open and may get into an agreement with any party after the polls in Maharashtra. Gadkari (rather BJP) should keep the MNS also in an ‘arm’s distance’. MNS is not better than SS. The larger idea for BJP (and also for Congress) should be ‘to stand on its own legs’, by systematically developing the party base in the State.

Blame game started but after few days you will see these same politicians hugging each other and sharing the same dais to get their hands on power and money. Can you name one politician who is really interested in bringing a change in the life of the people? Will this ever change and will the people see good days ahead ever? The poor remains poor and the rich will get richer. The partners involved in the two acrimonious divorces ought to have known that politics make strange bedfellows!

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for past 16 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs. Besides journalism, she is also an Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author.
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