Mumbai. The revolt in the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra not only led to the collapse of the 31-month-old Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and forced Uddhav Thackeray to step down, but also raised questions about his influence on the Shiv Sena and the existence of the political party led by him. . There are allegations against Shiv Sena that it had abandoned its fanatical Hindutva ideology by forming an alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress. Thackeray resigned from the chief minister’s post on Wednesday night and the week-long dramatic turn of events in which senior state minister Eknath Shinde raised his voice for rebellion against the party and a large number of MLAs joined his camp. Were.
The rebel MLAs say they were forced to oppose Thackeray as they were not paying heed to his demand to break ties with the Maha Vikas Aghadi allies, despite being told repeatedly that the party would support the Shiv Sena. Trying to finish. The legislators of the dissident camp also said that the Shiv Sena, founded by Bal Thackeray after tying up with the NCP and the Congress, is moving away from the Hindutva path. After raising the flag of rebellion, Shinde even said that his party is the real Shiv Sena and it wants to protect Hindutva.
According to political analysts, now there are many challenges before Thackeray. These include fighting a legal battle to retain control over the party and save Bal Thackeray’s political legacy, revitalize the party and instil confidence in the workers. According to experts, “The ideology of Shiv Sena has weakened and Thackeray will find it difficult to regain his staunch Hindutva identity. If he does not pay attention to this now, then the allegations of Eknath Shinde that Thackeray has left the path of Hindutva will prove to be true. He said, “Thackeray did some effort in this direction yesterday by renaming Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar.”
If political pundits are to be believed, then talking of soft Hindutva will not work for Thackeray. He also says that if Shinde goes to the Election Commission, then the use of Shiv Sena’s election symbol ‘Arrow Command’ can be banned. “How will the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena contest the upcoming local body elections on the new symbol, which also has an important election for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation,” he said. However, people close and loyal to Thackeray feel that the rebel camp cannot lay claim to the party and its symbol as the original political party is still in existence. He also feels that Thackeray should give up his ‘infatuation’ with Mumbai and if he wants to strengthen the party’s base, he should increase penetration in rural areas.
Experts also say that Thackeray’s excessive trust in some people including his personal secretary Milind Narvekar and Shiv Sena leaders Anil Parab and Anil Desai has also not gone down well with some senior party leaders. Some analysts said that Thackeray’s resignation from the Legislative Council was not a right move. “He should have used the platform of the Legislative Council to fight the BJP and bring out the truth of the Shinde camp,” he said.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 30, 2022, 20:53 IST