Maharashtra: Shinde’s “Maha Sena” eclipsed Uddhav’s Bombay army, now crisis to save fort

Highlights of the story

  • Is the political Mahabharata in Maharashtra over?
  • Political challenge still facing Uddhav Thackeray
  • Only the leaders of Shiv Sena of Bombay remain with Uddhav.

Eknath Shinde has become the new prime minister after the departure of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray from power in Maharashtra. In addition, Devendra Fadnavis has been sworn in as Deputy CM. In this situation, Uddhav Thackeray’s challenges did not diminish after power got out of his hands, because Eknath Shinde has kept more than two-thirds of Shiv Sena’s deputies in his court. Thus, only the leaders of Shiv Sena of Bombay remain with Uddhav Thackeray, while the leaders of Thane in Konkan are in the Shinde camp. In this situation, won’t Uddhav’s Shiv Sena become just a ‘Mayanagari’ party?

Due to Shiv Sena’s political storm, Maha Vikas Aghadi’s government had to leave and the BJP coalition government was formed under the leadership of Eknath Shinde. On Thursday evening, Eknath Shinde was sworn in as chief minister, but now the next battle may be over the occupation of Shiv Sena. Eknath Shinde’s camp also indicates this, so Uddhav Thackeray has announced that he will leave the CM chair and MLC seat and sit in Shiv Sena Bhavan.

Let us know that Prime Minister Eknath Shinde comes from the Thane area, adjacent to Mumbai. Shinde is an old Shiv Sainik and is the political disciple of Anand Dighe, despite whom even Balasaheb Thackeray did not interfere in Shiv Sena’s work in Thane. Shinde has progressed in politics by grabbing Anand Dighe’s finger and approached the Thackeray family after Dighe’s death. In this way Shinde worked to strengthen from Thane to Kalyan in Maharashtra.

When Eknath Shinde raised the banner of rebellion against Uddhav Thackeray, the deputies of Shiv Sena of Thane in Vidarbha, North Maharashtra and Konkan were seen with him. In this way Shinde has shown how powerful he is. Of Shiv Sena’s 53 deputies, 39 are with Eknath Shinde. After this tremendous rebellion, how Shiv Sena will be able to stay in Maharashtra and be limited to Mumbai, this is a big question that has been posed in front of Shiv Sena.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, his son Bal Thackeray and all the great party leaders from Anil Parab to Subhash Desai, Sanjay Raut, Anil Desai and Varun Sardesai are all from Bombay. Apart from that, the leader of Shiv Sena of Uddhav, Sunil Prabhu, and Ajay Chaudhary, the new leader of the legislative party, are also deputies from Bombay. All these Shiv Sena leaders are seen with Uddhav Thackeray, but Shiv Sena veterans from the rest of Maharashtra are with Shinde.

9 ministers also accompanied Shinde

Not only the deputies of Shiv Sena were with Eknath Shinde, but also 9 ministers who were involved in the government of Uddhav Thackeray. A total of 13 ministers were made in the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi from the quota of Shiv Sena. Seven ministers who won the Shiv Sena assembly election participated in the Shinde camp. Eknath Shinde, Gulabrao Patil, Dada Bhuse, Sandipan Bhumre, Uday Samant, Shambhuraje Desai and Abdul Sattar were on this list.

At the same time, only Aaditya Thackeray, who won the Shiv Sena assembly, stayed with Uddhav and three ministers are members of the Legislative Council. In this situation, it is clear that most of Shiv Sena’s leaders are with Eknath Shinde. Its effect is outside Bombay in other areas of Maharashtra. In this situation, leave Bombay in front of Uddhav Thackeray and re-erect the party box in other areas.

Shiv Sena’s political influence in Maharashtra was outside Bombay in Thane, Kalyan, Vidarbha, North Maharashtra and Konkan. They are considered the strongest belts of Shiv Sena, where other parties could not establish their political base. With Eknath Shinde accompanying Shiv Sena leaders from areas outside Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray will have to establish his base in these areas in a new way.

Not against Balasaheb’s idea

The interesting thing is that something special in all this rebellion of Eknath Shinde was that his rebellion was not against the political ideology of Shiv Sena or Balasaheb Thackeray. In this rebellious episode, he maintained his position from beginning to end that Uddhav Thackeray himself allegedly goes against Balasaheb’s ideology and therefore his rebellion is only against Uddhav Thackeray.

Eknath Shinde kept saying repeatedly that everyone would work to push forward the Hinduutva of Balasaheb Thackeray and that he would stay in Shiv Sena, because it was said that he should go to another party. Faced with Balasaheb or the Hindutva brand of Shiv Sena created under his leadership, Eknath could not have built his brand so soon or perhaps never. In this situation, his rebellion was to take control of Shiv Sena of the Thackeray family, not to open a new political front.

Eknath Shinde has come to the post of prime minister leaving aside Uddhav Thackeray, but he has never shown in the last 11 days that he is doing all this for power. He repeatedly accused Uddhav of abandoning Balasaheb’s ideology. One of the advantages of Eknath not showing greed for power was that he did not have to see so much opposition from the hard line workers of Uddhav and Shiv Sena, which Uddhav Thackeray himself probably expected.

BJP knew the value of a brand leader

Eknath Shinde and BJP also probably knew the value of the Shiv Sena brand. If Eknath Shinde had joined the BJP in a hurry, Uddhav Thackeray would have been ousted from power, at the hands of a weak Shiv Sena. But today, when Eknath Shinde is forming the government without joining the BJP, then he claims to have control over the entire Shiv Sena.

No doubt the rebel deputies have accepted Eknath Shinde as leader and it will not be easy to decide who will be the head of Shiv Sena. The legal battle for the occupation of Shiv Sena may even reach the courts.

After enjoying power for two and a half years for the head of Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray, and his comrades, now is the time for the real test. You have to get out of the dazzling Mayanagar Bombay and explore Maharashtra and rebuild the Shiv Sena. Therefore, in addition to resigning from power, Uddhav Thackeray also left the post of MLC and said that from now on Shiv Sena will sit in the building and rebuild the party. In such a situation, is it necessary to see how Uddhav spreads his feet outside Bombay?

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