Differences between the Shiv Sena and its principal ally of the Maha-Vikas-Aghadi government, the Congress surfaced on Saturday when Saamana, the mouthpiece of the Sena criticised the Congress by calling it “weak and disintegrated.”
In an editorial, Saamana suggested that all anti-BJP parties, including the Sena, should come together under the UPA banner to provide a formidable alternative to the BJP. However, it dubbed the century-old party as “weak” and disintegrated.
The former chief minister and senior Maharashtra minister Ashok Chavan took a strong exception over the editorial and said that Sena should not comment on leadership as the Sena is not part of UPA.
Another Congress leader and former Maharashtra minister Naseem Khan echoed similar remarks and said Congress has given support to Sena on the basis of the common minimum programme. The Sena should understand that it’s not part of UPA. “It shouldn’t comment the way it does. Congress has given support to Sena on the basis of a common minimum programme,” he pointed out.
Political observers feel that the comments of Sena against the Congress would certainly bring turmoil in the state politics in coming days. The mouthpiece not only criticised the Congress but even said that instead of blaming the central government, the main opposition party should introspect about its leadership issue. This indicated that the Sena has neither faith on Sonia Gandhi, the chairperson of the UPA nor the former party chief Rahul Gandhi. The article continued, farmers are protesting on the national capital borders.
But the rulers in Delhi are completely indifferent towards this agitation. Disintegrated and feeble opposition party is the main reason behind the government’s indifference. “Thirty days of farmers’ protest is not yielding results because the central government thinks there is no political threat to them. In any democracy, Opposition plays an important role but the Congress and UPA have failed to put pressure on the government for issues concerning people,” it blamed and added that ineffective Opposition is leading to this disintegration of democracy.
Earlier, also when Sena tried to project the NCP chief Sharad Pawar as the new chairman of the UPA, the Congress didn’t like it. Instead, several party leaders tried to pull up the rumour-mongers.
The recent development would again jeopardise the coalition government. In the end, a clear winner has emerged for now — the Nationalist Congress Party led by Sharad Pawar holds the cards to the future stability of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. Bringing together the Congress, the NCP and the Sena on a single platform was no easy task, and the NCP will be the binding force, if its interests are maintained in coming days.