oppn parties After All Games Play Out, It Will Be BJP-Shiv Sena Once More In Maharashtra

News Snippets

  • In reply to a question in Parliament, the government says it is empowered to lawfully intercept, monitor or decrpyt information stored in a computer resource in the interest of sovereignty or integrity of India
  • Police stop a 12-year old girl on her way to the Sabarimala shrine
  • In Karnataka, the JD(S) indicates that it might support the BJP government if it falls short of numbers after the bypolls
  • Congress pips the BJP in local body elections in Rajasthan, winning 961 wards to the BJPs 737
  • After Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, Jio also indicates that tariffs will be raised from December
  • Sources in Shiv Sena say that they might revive the alliance with the BJP if it offers the 50:50 deal
  • A miffed Sanjay Rout of the Shiv Sena says that it will take "100 births" to understand Sharad Pawar
  • Mobile operators Vodafone-Idea and Airtel decide to raise tariffs from next month
  • Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi and says more time needed for government formation in Maharashtra
  • Justice S A Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India
  • Supreme Court holds hotels liable for theft of vehicle from their parking area if parked by valet, says "owner's risk" clause is not a shield from such liability
  • Finance Minister says she is receiving feedback from many sectors that recovery is happening as there is lower stress
  • Sabarimala temple opens, but police bar the entry of women below 50 years
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India and BPCL to be sold off by March
  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
Two Muslim litigants in Ayodhya refuse to accept the Supreme Court order, say review petition might be filed
oppn parties
After All Games Play Out, It Will Be BJP-Shiv Sena Once More In Maharashtra

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

There are conflicting reports coming out of Delhi in respect of government formation in Maharashtra. First, a report said that the NCP was keen to form the government in alliance with the Shiv Sena with the Congress providing outside support. A few hours later, another report emerged which cited 'sources' to claim that Sonia Gandhi was totally against providing any kind of support to the Sena. In all this confusion, one thing is clear: the tiff between the BJP and the Sena has worsened with both parties hardening their stand and at least the Sena looking for other options.

The numbers that have been acquired by the respective parties permit just three situations. Only the BJP-Shiv Sena can form a stable government. The Sena-NCP government will depend on Congress support, or at least the party playing the neutral card. The third possibility is of the NCP joining hands with the BJP and shunting Shiv Sena out of the picture. That government will also be stable. But as of now, it does not seem Sharad Pawar would like to overlook local considerations by angering the Sena.

Both the NCP and the Shiv Sena are wary of the BJP as it has been making steady inroads in both their strongholds. Being regional parties, they would not like the BJP to hijack their core constituency. The Congress, on the other hand, would not want to have any truck with the Sena in these inflamed times. It knows that any hopes it has of a turnaround depends on secular votes and aligning with, or providing support to a party whose core agenda is regionalism laced with religion is fraught with danger.

But one feels that this is just a game being played for public consumption. Sharad Pawar is too wily a politician to form the government with the Sena. He knows it is an unpredictable ally. Instead, he will broker a deal between the BJP and the Sena and extract benefits for his party and for himself as he is being investigated for many offences by Central agencies. In the end, Maharashtra will once more see a BJP-Sena government, maybe with a Sena chief minister two and a half years from now. That the Sena wants this too is evident from its appeal to the RSS to intervene and settle the dispute.