Maharashtra Politics: The Aghadi Government (MVA) in Maharashtra is facing political instability these days. The reason for this is the rebellion in the ally Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena’s senior and strong leader Eknath Shinde is camping in Assam along with 42 MLAs of Shiv Sena and Independents. Due to this split in Shiv Sena, the fall of the government of Maharashtra is believed to be certain.
If we look at the history of Shiv Sena, then this is not the first time that Shiv Sainiks have turned rebel and have opened a front against their party leadership. Despite being a party of cadres committed to leadership, the Shiv Sena has not been immune to rebellions from office-bearers and the party has faced revolts from its key functionaries on four occasions.
There was rebellion in Shiv Sena even during the time of Balasaheb Thackeray
Three of these revolts took place during the time of Balasaheb Thackeray, the ‘charismatic founder’ of Shiv Sena. Eknath Shinde is not the first leader to rebel in the party. The rebellion by Shinde, a cabinet minister who rebelled with a group of Shiv Sena MLAs, is the most significant in the party’s 56-year history as it threatened the collapse of the party-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra. Is. On the other hand, there has been a rebellion in Shiv Sena when the party was not in power in the state.
The present rebellion started taking shape from Monday night after the Legislative Council election results. This has posed a big challenge to Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, as the last three rebellions took place when his father Bal Thackeray was alive.
Chhagan Bhujbal had revolted in 1991
The first major setback to the Shiv Sena was in 1991 when Chhagan Bhujbal, the party’s Other Backward Class (OBC) face, decided to leave the party. Bhujbal is also credited with expanding the organization’s base in the rural areas of Maharashtra. Bhujbal had cited “not being appreciated” by the party leadership as the reason for leaving the party.
Bhujbal had helped the Shiv Sena win a large number of seats in parts of Maharashtra, but despite that, Bal Thackeray appointed Manohar Joshi as the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly. In the winter session in Nagpur, Bhujbal had quit the party along with 18 Shiv Sena MLAs and announced his support to the Congress, which was ruling the state at that time.
However, 12 rebel MLAs returned to Shiv Sena the same day. Bhujbal and other rebel MLAs were recognized as a separate group by the then Speaker of the Assembly and did not face any action. A senior political journalist told PTI that it was an audacious move as Shiv Sena workers were known for their aggressive approach (to dissent).
When did Chhagan Bhujbal join NCP?
They also attacked Chhagan Bhujbal’s official residence in Mumbai. Whose security is usually done by the state police force. Bhujbal, however, lost in the 1995 assembly elections from Mumbai to the then Shiv Sena leader Bala Nandgaonkar. He later joined the NCP when Sharad Pawar formed his party after leaving the Congress in 1999. Bhujbal (74) is currently a minister in the Shiv Sena-led MVA government and a cabinet colleague of Shinde.
Narayan Rane and Raj Thackeray have also rebelled
In 2005, the Shiv Sena had to face another challenge when former Chief Minister Narayan Rane left the party and joined the Congress. Rane later left the Congress and is currently a Rajya Sabha member of the BJP and is also a Union Minister. The next setback for the Shiv Sena came in 2006 when Uddhav Thackeray’s cousin Raj Thackeray decided to quit the party and form his own political outfit – the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). Raj Thackeray had then said that his fight was not with the Shiv Sena leadership but with others around the party leadership.
What do political analysts say on the rebellion in Shiv Sena
In 2009, the MNS had won 13 seats in the elections to the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Its number in Mumbai was one more than that of Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena is currently facing revolt by some party MLAs led by Eknath Shinde, a senior state minister, a four-time MLA from Thane district and popular in the organisation. Political journalist Prakash Akolkar said that the Shiv Sena leadership is taking some of its leaders lightly. Such an attitude has always backfired, but the party is not ready to change its stand. He said that now the time has changed and most of the MLAs come to the party with great expectations.
How many MLAs does Shinde have?
If those expectations are not met properly, then such a rebellion is bound to happen. Shiv Sena currently has 55 MLAs, NCP 53 and Congress 44. All three are constituent parties of the MVA. The opposition BJP has 106 seats in the assembly. To avoid disqualification under the Anti-Defection Act, Shinde needs the support of 37 MLAs. The rebel leader has claimed that 46 MLAs of Shiv Sena are with him.