The unlimited aspiration of Uddhav Thackeray has been fulfilled. He has been included in the list of Chief Ministers of Maharashtra. It is a different matter that he will be remembered as the Dhritarashtra of governance. Tramping on the legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray, he reached the chief minister’s chair. It is a different matter that apart from the political legacy he had inherited, he had nothing. That was his identity. That was his specialty. He had become the Chief Minister, but has completely lost his credibility. This episode has also become a lesson for regional parties. Regional parties operate in the style of a monarchy. There are princes in this too. When the time comes, they will be crowned. In this also there is an example of overthrowing his father and taking control of the entire party. A new trade has started for some time. If someone praises the BJP government, he is declared a devotee. Whereas the real devotees are in family based parties. Here the jai of Yuvraj is chanted blindly. Nobody cares about his ability. Under this rule, Uddhav got the legacy of Bal Thackeray.
People like Sanjay Raut were made chief advisor by Uddhav himself. The result is in front. Both the power and the party seem to be getting out of hand. Rebellion is internal. This is the lesson for family based parties. There is a limit to the cheering. After that limit patience starts answering. The rebels are calling themselves true followers of Balasaheb Thackeray. He says that he cannot abandon the ideology of Hindutva like Uddhav. There was rampant corruption in the name of secular government. Shiv Sena was not formed for appeasement. Uddhav Thackeray was following the instructions of Congress and NCP for the chair. In this the thoughts of Balasaheb Thackeray had lost no importance. Uddhav had taken Shiv Sena to the point where it had become a complete B team of Congress and NCP. This situation was unbearable for those who did politics taking inspiration from Balasaheb. It is clear from their numbers that to what extent there is resentment against Uddhav.
The BJP had also admitted not to insist on its core issues to run a coalition government. But he never gave up on these issues. The BJP has always said that it is an issue of its faith. Whenever it is in the capacity to execute it, it will be completed. BJP has shown it by completing it. Article 370, 35A, ban on triple talaq, construction of Ram temple etc were such issues. They were brought to the end as soon as the BJP was able. But even after being weak, the BJP had never surrendered to the Congress. Whereas Uddhav Thackeray went to the shelter of Congress and NCP after weak numbers. Shiv Sena was founded by Balasaheb Thackeray in response to the appeasement policies of the Congress. He always raised the issues of Hindutva vehemently. He himself did not accept going to power. Shiv Sena’s base had also widened after the alliance with the BJP. When this coalition got the opportunity to form the government for the first time, it was proposed to make Balasaheb the chief minister. But he rejected it. After this, Manohar Joshi of Shiv Sena became the Chief Minister.
At the same time two things were settled, firstly, BJP and Shiv Sena are natural allies of Maharashtra. This alliance will be permanent. Secondly, the party which has more MLAs in both, the same party will get the chief minister’s post. Balasaheb Thackeray never imagined that his successor would be seen following Congress and Sharad Pawar for the chief minister’s chair. This government was not only immoral but also violative of the constitutional spirit. Fighting elections with the BJP and then parting ways with the alliance after the election in selfishness was unethical. Because it had no theoretical or policy basis. Despite being less than half the number of BJP, Uddhav wanted himself or his son to be the chief minister. In this context the examples of Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir were given. In Jammu and Kashmir, BJP and PDP contested the elections in opposition to each other. Later both formed a coalition government. Similarly in Haryana the BJP and Dushyant Chautala’s party contested the assembly elections against each other. Later, together they also formed the government. Shiv Sena cannot defend itself from these examples. The BJP showed no haste in forming the government in Jammu and Kashmir. Congress, PDP and National Conference got full opportunity to consider the coalition government. But an agreement could not be reached between them. After that there were only two options. First that there should be an alliance between PDP and BJP, secondly that President’s rule should be imposed here. After the President’s rule, there was no possibility of much reversal in the election. The Jammu region was dominated by the BJP. Congress, PDP and National Conference had to fight in the Valley. In such a situation, BJP and PDP prepared a common minimum programme. Then the government was formed. The PDP had more numbers, so Mehbooba Mufti became the Chief Minister. In Haryana also no party got majority. BJP was the single largest party. Dushyant Chautala supported. Thus a majority government was established.
On the other hand the mandate in Maharashtra was very clear. Voters had given full mandate to the Shiv Sena alliance led by the BJP. Uddhav’s selfishness outweighed the mandate. He insulted the decision of the voters. For this, Uddhav rejected the pre-poll alliance. He started running after those opponents in whose eyes the Shiv Sena was communal. Whereas the mandate was for the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition government. But Uddhav was so restless that he could not even see the truth of Congress-NCP. In the eyes of the Congress, the Shiv Sena has been deeply communal and in the eyes of the Shiv Sena, the Congress has been a party of appeasement. The legacy of both has also been completely different.
Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray opposed the Congress on this basis. He founded Shiv Sena with the inspiration of Hindutva. Shiv Sena had to pay the highest price for the post of Chief Minister. He got the chief minister’s chair with 56 seats, while the number of those who made Uddhav the chief minister was more than 100. Uddhav kept behaving like obedience in front of Congress and NCP. The Shiv Sena was under pressure to abandon the Hindutva agenda. Uddhav took it as head. Now on this basis, the rivals of Uddhav in Shiv Sena have become heavy.