After endless meetings, backdoor ties, and secretive overnight settlements; the resignation
of CM Devendra Fadnavis has marked an end to the political chaos in Maharashtra. It
seems that the dream of BJP to form a government in Maharashtra has collapsed after the
deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar’s withdrawal. This has cleared the way for Shiv Sena
president Mr. Uddhav Thackeray to be the chief minister of the state and his regime has
become certain after the coalition made a formal announcement yesterday.
While it might be a ‘dream comes true’ situation for Shiv Sena- as apparent from the wildest
excitement of the party’s leaders and workers, the news has made them completely
oblivious to the hardships and challenges that are on the way of Mr. Uddhav Thackeray.
Looking back at the history of governments that had been formed based on the ‘greater
good of the people’, amongst parties having opposing ideologies, Shiv Sena supremo will be
contemplated on various challenging aspects.
Through all the drama that has been going on in the state, NCP president Sharad Pawar
being a political intellectual has reinstated himself as the ‘Chanakya’ of politics. It wouldn’t be
wrong to say that Sharad Pawar is the protagonist of this suspenseful narrative and such a
coalition would be impossible in his absence. It is believed that he is going to play a crucial
role in running the government along with Thackeray, and his previous experience as a chief
minister will help clear up the obstacles.
However, it is to be noted that three parties are involved in this government and each will
lobby to acquire the key ministries. The chief minister will have to present a great show of
patience and talent to stabilize the power of such ministers, who were considered to be rivals
of each other during the elections. Also, the INC has been making intense consultations
before shaking hands with Shiv Sena in the fear of hurting its secular party image on the
The affiliation of INC with this government largely depends upon people’s perception of the
party in the upcoming elections of other states. Indian National Congress may give
considerable thought to withdraw support for this government if it suspects any threat to the
party line when it is already struggling to keep its roots in the politics.
Apart from all these adversities, a major threat to this government is from BJP, who will leave
no stone unturned to destabilize the government. As witnessed in Karnataka, BJP will try to
poach MLAs of these three parties from day one. It is no secret that the Bharatiya Janata
Party resorts to horse-trading to disrupt the state governments of the parties that are in
opposition to the central government. It is intriguing to watch, how Uddhav Thackeray
manages to provide a stable government with so many factors at play.