Soon after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took a dig at BJP in Goa summit calling it “power hungry” on Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tried to end Maharashtra Navnirvan Sena’s agitation over Karna Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, but not before Raj Thakeray got the much needed publicity.
The issue is related to the upcoming poll season in the state. Even while the BJP nd Shiv Sena is sharing the power in the state, the later has become more bitter critic of the former. Thanks to week Opposition parties the NCP and the Congress, the Sena is also trying to claim the Opposition space, a ‘The Indian Express’ column by ‘Loksatta’ Editor Girish Kuber has said.
The BJP has been on the opinion that unless it uproots the Sena from the Mumbai corporation, it cannot reign over all of Maharashtra. With India’s richest municipal corporation to go on polls in few months, BJP sees this as an opportunity to end it’s ruling partner’s hegemony over the Rs 42,000-crore corporation. Mumbai region itself contributes 60 MLAs to the 288-member state legislature and 11 MPs to Parliament out of the 48 from the state. BJP knows it very well that it can’t win over Mumbai and neighbouring region on it’s own, therefore it need a partner to control Shiv Sena.
The column also said that it was not the first time that e ruling party in the state had understanding with a Thackeray-led political outfit. the 1960s and 70s, The Congress-led Maharashtra government that looked the other way when Shiv Sena went on a rampage protesting against non-Maharashtrians.
If it was Bal Thackeray then who had an undeclared support from successive state governments the, it is now Raj Thackeray who seems to have silent understanding with the BJP-led state government.