Maharashtra BJP set to snap ties with Shiv Sena, NCP to fill in
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently said anyone opposing demonetisation is against the country’s interests. He and his party have taken it so seriously that they are said to be on the verge of junking their pact with the Shiv Sena which has been criticising demonetisation and has participated in the march to President Pranab Mukherjee led by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.
The government however has readied support from the Nationalist Congress Party. The BJP has 122 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the Shiv Sena has 63 MLAs, NCP 41 and Congress 42. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule may get the Deputy CM post apart from some other plum portfolios if the BJP goes ahead and dumps the Shiv Sena. It is being said that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have given the go-ahead for the move. Delhi has been witness to hectic parleys over the last couple of nights.
Continuous baiting of the Central and state governments by the Shiv Sena for every decision has been the feature of the arrangement till now. Unlike being an ally, the Shiv Sena has constantly irked the majority partner. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party had been the majority party in the over two-decade-old alliance, until the BJP turned tables riding the Modi wave.
The Shiv Sena had criticised every move made by the Fadnavis government including the ban on slaughter of bulls and cows and calves in Mumbai. The Sena blamed the Centre’s for its failure to maintain law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh and the rest of the country during and after the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq for allegedly possessing beef, and on the other hand, for failing to deliver on Hindutva.
Looks like the BJP seems to have just about enough with the Shiv Sena.