Maharashtra: It is necessary to give space to political allies!

The politics of Maharashtra are discussed all over the country. People are surprised that both the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, having a similar Hindutva ideology, have separated.

Both are separated at this stage, when the BJP has a strong government at the center, the people in Maharashtra also gave both of them an absolute majority to form the government. Do you wonder what such compulsion must have been that the Shiv Sena was forced to take a different route from the Bharatiya Janata Party?

Actually, no such official promise of Chief Minister and power-sharing came before the election, on which Shiv Sena was claiming after the election. In a way, it seemed like an excuse to break the alliance with the BJP.

Many were considering it as a childish act of the Shiv Sena before the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena alliance, especially when the Governor was sworn in as Chief Minister by Devendra Fadnavis with the support of Ajit Pawar.

Maharashtra: It is necessary to give space to political allies!

However, people should have to understand that this was a fight for the survival of Shiv SenaShivsena had already lost the supremacy in Maharashtra. At the center and in the previous Fadnavis government, Shivsena had brought a crisis on her existence. For the first time in the 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections, Bala Saheb's Party had to contest on fewer seats than the Bharatiya Janata Party.

In this context, we can say that if the alliance was to be broken, the Shiv Sena should have broken the alliance with the BJP before the elections.

Now think about 2019 Lok Sabha elections, when the Bharatiya Janata Party contested almost equal number of seats (25 - 23) by giving free hand to Shiv Sena, because at that time the Bharatiya Janata Party had to come to power at the Center, it took the support of Shiv Sena.

And the common understanding at that time was that Shiv Sena will be given equal if not preference in the state. The BJP also gave the 'Between the Lines' message of equality in seat sharing, as it was more necessary to form a government at the Center.

Later, when it was the turn of the assembly elections, the politics of pressure was tried on the Shiv Sena and the Shiv Sena was forced to come together.

It can be said that the confidence of the Shiv Sena was low before the assembly elections and it was feared that the Bharatiya Janata Party would not come to the majority by itself or if it had fewer seats, then it could not tie-up with NCP!

However, after the election, when the Shiv Sena saw that the BJP could not form a government without its importance, it imposed its conditions. The Shiv Sena also realized that NCP chief Sharad Pawar would not support the Bharatiya Janata Party so easily, because the way before the election, there was an attempt to break the NCP and show fear of the ED and try to take the NCP under pressure. This Maratha could not forgotten so easily.
Making of Khichdi started and finally, Uddhav government was formed!

On the other hand, the NCP also had an existential crisis. You will remember that in 2014, when Shiv Sena withdrew its support from BJP in same way, NCP saved Fadnavis's government by giving support from outside. The NCP must had been sure that it would get priority from the Center and it would get benefits in the state as well… or at least not a loss!

Leave aside the preference, the BJP tried to digest the NCP in a way. In fact, the BJP's attempt in Maharashtra was to get rid of the Shiv Sena at the earliest and as a result of this strategy, leaders from different parties, especially the Nationalist Congress Party, were broken. The message was given that the NCP is over now!
In such a situation, these parties had to stand together, politically against the Bharatiya Janata Party and formed the Maha Aghadi Alliance.

You should note that how important it is to give space to allies in politics, it is clearly shown by the developments in Maharashtra.

Truth be told, if anyone is most happy with this whole incident, then he will be Nitish Kumar of Bihar!

It has also been said that in the mind of Shiv SenaPrashant Kishore, vice-president of JDU and political consultant, has penetrated the power-sharing worm.

However, since breaking the alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav and forming a government with the BJP again in BiharNitish Kumar was on a backfoot and the BJP was not giving him anything special. But as the Shiv Sena came out of the NDA, JDU came in a position to advise BJP. One of its spokespersons on television was heard to say "We should think if a 30-year coalition partner was forced to take a different route"?
Apparently, JDU leaders were teaching the lesson of coalition-rules to NDA, especially BJP.

If you look at history, this was the position of the Congress once When party was in its supreme position, regional parties and satraps did not give a chance to emerge.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has to understand that Prime Minister Modi has immense popularity across the country, but on the basis of this popularity only, the party cannot maintain her path for long. The public may not be able to find the option of Mr. Modi for the central government, but this is not the case in the states!
In fact, the public is now coming out of the Modi-wave, especially in the state-level and civic elections!

In such a situation, if the BJP wants to keep its coin in all the states, then it will have to give space to political allies. The party will have to work on chemistry instead of political mathematics.

Mathematically, if we look at Maharashtra, the BJP definitely had 105 seats and the party should have the chief minister post because the Shiv Sena had only 56 seats, but the political chemistry is different.

The political chemistry says that if the Shiv Sena fully supports the government to form a government at the center, then the Bharatiya Janata Party should also cooperate in maintaining its existence in the state. It is expected that after losing governments in several states in the last few elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party will definitely churn on giving political space to allies.

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- Mithilesh, New Delhi

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