Commentary: The ‘Maha’ Twist
When the city of dream’s shining sun went for his usual nap last day into the depth of sea off the coast of the city, he would not have expected that he would see a different Mumbai the next day.
The Indian state of Maharashtra is no longer under the direct rule of President. Today morning, minutes before the rise of sun, the state has gotten a new Chief Minister and a new deputy CM.
That CM is not Uddhav Thackery, like what is published today in a renowned national daily. The twist is that the proposed ‘Mahavikas Aghadi’ – the proposed alliance of the Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena – is not anywhere in the picture.
The BJP is the answer to the question that if not the ‘Aghadi’ than who is the one who has hijacked the show.
It may not be that easy to digest. Actually, until the publication of the news that BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has been inducted as the CM of the state and NCP leader Ajit Pawar as the Deputy CM, no one has even guessed such a possibility – not even NCP Chief Sharad Pawar.
The surprising development has come just a few hours after the conclusion of a high level meeting between the top leaders of the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress.
Emerging out of the meeting, last day, almost all of the participants responded positively towards the possibility of Mr. Thackery becoming the CM of the state as well as the leader of the alliance.
What that has worked in favour of the BJP this time is the power struggle between Sharad Pawar and his nephew, Ajit Pawar.
Indentifying the loophole and utilising that at the right time are the elements that have aided the BJP to thwart the attempt of the ‘Aghadi’ to come to the seat of power.
The next big hurdle before the BJP-Ajit Pawar alliance is that they will have to prove its majority in the house.
With Sharad Pawar standing against his nephew, it may not be that easy for the alliance to get that done.
However, considering the efficiency with which the induction has been done, the newly inducted alliance will definitely prove itself long-lasting.
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