Even if the one-year-old Shiv Sena-led government got a shot in the arm on the results of MLC elections as the ruling coalition won four of the six Legislative Council seats, the Sena should not forget that it was marginalised in the elections. Sharad Pawar-led NCP became the biggest gainer in this election while the principal partner of ruling party coalition, Sena is the biggest loser.
The biennial elections to the upper house, held on December 1, were a sort of litmus test for the unlikely Maha-Vikas-Aghadi of the Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP which came to power after the Sena parted ways with the BJP. The term of five sitting members had ended in July this year but the election was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a setback for the BJP, which lost power in the state after Assembly elections last year, its candidate also lost in Nagpur, a bastion of the saffron party. Buoyed by the victory in Maharashtra Legislative Council polls, the Sena on Saturday said that impregnable BJP can be defeated if parties fight elections together. But the Sena should also understand that it would reduce in the process.
Growth of Sena in the state was purely with the help of BJP while now it’s in a receiving end and the NCP is “cleverly” consolidating its position by playing a role of “big brother.”
Despite the above fact, an “arrogant” Sena still said that it had reduced the BJP with only one seat in the elections because of the strength of its two other partners, the NCP and the Congress. But it forgot that the principal ally of the MVA, the Sena didn’t get a single seat in the elections.
The Sena said that the defeat of the BJP in Nagpur and Pune is a call of changed stormy air. “We have seen how a miracle happens when all the groups of Congress, leaders come together. The Congress high command should also take cognizance of this victory. The BJP’s pocket borough can be demolished by a united front, it is seen in Maharashtra,” it claimed.
The party termed the results from Nagpur as “most shocking” stating that BJP suffered on the seat which it has been winning for the past several years. Teachers and graduates voted for Maha-Vikas-Aghadi everywhere in Maharashtra. The most shocking result has come from Nagpur. For the last five decades, the BJP has been victorious over the Nagpur Graduate Election Association, it said and added that the headquarters of the Sangh are in Nagpur, but despite the strong association of Sangh ideologues, Nagpur Mayor Sandeep Joshi had to accept defeat. The stronghold was tunnelled, now the foundation has been shaken.
But the Sena failed to understand that why its candidate Srikant Deshpande, a sitting MLC was defeated by Kiran Sarnaik in Amravati teachers constituency. It should also find out who is Kiran Sarnaik and what type of equation he has with the leaders of NCP and Congress in the region. Supporters of Deshapnde reportedly alleged that he was defeated by a section of leaders of MVA, particularly from the NCP and Congress.
This has also dismissed the Sena allegations that when BJP-Shiv Sena used to fight together, then the BJP used to spoil the game by putting secret rebels in place to pull the leg of Shiv Sena. Now, this has not happened among the three— Sena, NCP and Congress.
Now time has come that the senior Sena leaders, such as Suvash Desai, Ramdas Kadam, Diwakar Raote and Eknath Shinde should intervene into the party affairs, along with Uddhav Thackeray and tells the truth before the party and its chief Uddhavji, instead of banking only on the opinions of Sanjay Raut!