Since the election schedule was announced and elections are going on some of the states, many political parties are all set to celebrate the victory in Maharashtra state. The major political parties of the state are Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) who play a crucial role in forming the government in Centre. Shiv Sena has alliance with the BJP whereas the NCP has alliance with the Congress. On one hand, a major portion of the state voters support the Shiv Sena-BJP, whereas on the other hand, another major portion of the voters support the NCP-Congress.
Both the Congress and BJP have the same hold in the state, however, it is interesting to see, if Sena-BJP again comes to power after feeding the ideology of Hindutva to the voters or NCP-Congress retain the power by bringing all the corruptions cases, farmers’ issues and cast based issues at the front and exposing the Sena-BJP. BJP leader Ranjit Patil was quoted as saying the BJP will win 46 out of 48 seats in Maharashtra state. As far as Maharashtra is concerned, everyone knows that we have strong hold here and also our government in the state has done remarkable works in the last five years. It has introduced so many schemes regarding education, farmers, and youths.
Before the elections schedule was announced, hectic political developments were underway. There was a possibility of an announcement to this defect after the meeting between MNS chief Raj Thackeray and NCP leader Ajit Pawar months back. But, no decision was announced even after that meeting and party workers continued to remain confused about their role in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. However, recently Raj Thackeray declared that he will support for the Congress-NCP alliance in the state. Whereas, after mudslinging at each other for the last five years, BJP and Shiv Sena had announced their alliance, Congress-NCP too had declared their alliance. However, MNS was yet to declare its decision on participating in the coming elections.
Raj Thackeray – who has been attacking Modi and BJP government for the last some years, was an ardent admirer of same Modi in 2011. Thackeray praised Modi and his government in Gujarat. He was among one of the guests at Modi’s swearing at the Chief Minister in 2012. Thackeray also supported Modi campaigns and mocked Rahul Gandhi during the 2014 general elections. And to add some more, few days back, on the occasion of Gudi Padwa, he said that he was not against the idea of Rahul Gandhi becoming the Prime Minister and mocked Modi government for its failures on every aspect.
MNS was founded in 2006. However, it was off to a blistering start in 2009, when it won 13 seats in the state elections and 27 of its candidates made it to the Mumbai Municipal Corporation in 2012 and since then it has floundered. Raj Thackeray is left with very few alternatives and to survive or to be relevant in the state his decision to move away from the BJP and stand with the Congress-NCP is completely motivated by the fact that this is possibly the final chance to revive his party and be alive in the state politics.
Thackeray has set his eyes on for the state elections later this year and more importantly – on the civic elections in the city in 2022 and then he will need support from the Congress and the NCP. And it could be seat arrangements or something less formal. However, he thought the help from these parties might save the future of MNS which is at the verge to diminish.
NCP president Sharad Pawar wanted to bring MNS as a partner but the Congress would have none of it. The current arrangement where Thackeray campaigns in few selected constituencies in Mumbai – is a compromise. Raj Thackeray can add votes of his supporters, especially of Mumbai to Congress-NCP and it becomes even easier as the voters of the state are confused and disgruntled with the Uddhav Thackeray’s confusion as one day he criticises Modi, BJP and on the other day he hugs Amit shah.
Since Thackeray has decided to support these parties, he must have to prove his power and influence by bringing votes and if the coalition wins a couple of seats in Mumbai then for sure they will support Thackeray and from there he could would be able build himself again with the backing of these biggies and the alternative could be oblivion. In his speech on the 13th foundation day programme of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), linking Pulwama attack with 2015 Pathankot terrorist attack – Raj Thackeray resorted a bitter criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed that another attack is possible before or during the Lok Sabha elections. However, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reacted sharply and said that Raj Thackeray is a parrot of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. He a great artist that is the reason he never speaks his mind. He only knows to read out script given to him and all of his scripts come from Baramati. Whenever there is dearth of parrots for Baramati, Raj Thackeray readily agrees to volunteer. Ignore the person who has no ability to get even one corporator or MLA elected. He does not have even 12 players in his team. Such a person does not deserve our attention.