The government will need to pull up its socks and improve governance in the state says political analysts.
Even though the Fadnavis government has completed two years but its performance is not up to the mark. According to political observers the government has failed to fulfil the people’s expectations and it faces a daunting task ahead of the crucial Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls scheduled to be held next year. The passing of Right to Services Act, Jalyukt Shivar Scheme and amendments of labour laws for improving the ease of business and installation of CCTV project can be touted as achievements of the government. On the other hand, the government had received flak for its inept handling of the drought situation, infighting within the party and tiff with its alliance partner Shiv Sena. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is known for his clean image but he has been criticised for his failure to take action against corrupt ministers.
Fadnavis (46) was sworn in on October 31, 2014 with the BJP emerging as the single largest party, though short of absolute majority, in Assembly polls. The BJP and Sena had parted ways on the eve of polls and the Ministry was offered outside support by Sharad Pawar-led NCP. Sena, however, returned to the alliance a few months later.
Even though Fadnavis has been handling administration well but the performance of his ministers are poor. Unlike some of his ministerial colleagues, Fadnavis has remained untouched by allegations of misconduct. Virtual No 2 in the Cabinet, Eknath Khadse, had to quit after coming under the cloud of allegations earlier this year.
“Even though the BJP had termed itself as a party with difference but it has been unable to fulfill the expectations of the people. The government also will face an acid test over the Maratha reservation issue as the community has been holding dharnas across the state demanding quota in education and employment. Pressure is also mounting on the government to fast track the Kopardi rape case which has created a rift between Marathas and Dalits,” said a political analyst.
“The government will really need to pull up its socks and improve governance. It will have to keep its alliance partner Shiv Sena happy and arrive at consensus with it on issues affecting the state’s development. The comments made by Shiv Sena against the state government too have dented its image,” he added.
One major issue over which the BJP and Shiv Sena had frequent face-off was the Vidarbha statehood demand. While the BJP favours smaller states, the Sena is opposed to bifurcation of Maharashtra to create a separate Vidarbha state and often took sharp dig at Fadnavis, who hails from that region.
In a veiled reference to the Vidarbha issue, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that the Government should implement the agenda for united Maharashtra and not the party’s (BJP) political programme.
The elections to urban and rural local bodies will show how people react to various decisions taken by the Fadnavis government.