Cracks In Maharashtra’s Mahayuti?

As the dates of elections grow closer, cracks within the Mahayuti are becoming evident. Although the mainstream media might not show you the differences within the ruling alliance, there are many instances to prove the same.

According to inputs received from HW News Network representative Shivaji Mamankar, earlier last week a meeting of the constituent parties of the grand alliance of Bharatiya Janata Party, Shinde Shiv Sena, and Ajit Pawar-led NCP was chaired.

In the meeting, BJP District Vice President Arjunrao Wankhede warned that if sitting Sena MP Prataprao Jadhav is re-nominated for Lok Sabha, the BJP office bearers will not do the party’s work as functionaries of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Now, this is not the only incident when the differences between the two parties were visible. Reports suggest that the BJP wants to replace 4 sitting MPs from Shinde-led Sena.

Earlier last month, Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam went to the extent of saying: “We have come with BJP with faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. So don’t cut our throats by cheating. They should tell this to their leaders of Maharashtra. My sincere wish is that Modi, Shah should pull up some leaders of Maharashtra; they should take them to task. Everyone wants their party to grow. But do not cut the throats of those who believe in you. It is very important for some people of BJP to be aware that a different message is being sent from BJP for the future,” Kadam said.

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Besides, you would remember the recent incident when BJP MP Ganpat Gaikwad openly fired at Sena’s Kalyan unit chief. Even if we talk about the seat-sharing negotiations, a united Shiv Sena contested on 23 seats in 2019 and won 18 MPs.

And this time around Uddhav-led Sena is said to be fielding around 21 seats in a tri-party alliance, and the Shinde Shiv Sena, which the EC and Speaker have recognized as the real Shiv Sena, is likely to get 21-13 seats. As of now, Shinde has the support of 13 MPs, and UBT has the support of 5 MPs.

In February 2019 Amit Shah had to visit Matoshree, the Thackeray residence, to seal the seat-sharing deals. Maharashtra is going to go to polls in 5 phases starting 19th April, and both the MVA or the NDA are yet to announce the final seat-sharing details.

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