It was just a week back when Shiv Sena’s Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was elected as the mayor of Mumbai, with the outside support from Bharatiya Janta Party. But now Shiv Sena wants to consolidate its own presence in Maharashtra, but without immediately breaking its tie with BJP in the Maharashtra. Shiv Sena in view of consolidating its presence in Maharashtra has tied up with Congress, in Aurangabad and Ahmednagar districts for forming administrative bodies in few panchayat samitis.
Shiv Sena is also trying to expands its ties with Congress and NCP for forming administrative bodies in Zilla Parishads. This Shiv Sena’s sudden mood change of consolidating its presence comes after the recent BJP electoral victory in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. Shiv Sena for the entire week was supporting the Opposition parties for stalling the proceedings of the assembly, over the issue of loan waivers for farmers in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena’s supremo Uddhav Thackeray had also backed the Opposition parties and told his legislators to continue the stalling of house proceedings until the state government–which Sena is also a part of– till state government announces the loan waivers.
As reported by Hindustan Times, a unnamed Shiv Sena legislator, the fight is just not for portfolios, but to isolate BJP. Shiv Sena really wants to checkmate, even won’t shy from having tie-ups for convenience. Shiv Sena is just not trying to establish its strength, but also consolidate a anti-BJP atmosphere. Earlier this year the Sainiks were more aggressive about breaking its ties with BJP for the civic body polls, which also lead to war of words between the two parties. Uddhav Thackeray back then had also said that Sena wasted its 25 years with BJP alliance and henceforth will never go begging for a tie-up. For creating an atmosphere of uncertainty, Shiv Sena ministers carried resignation letters in their pockets. But without Shiv Sena’s support, BJP will struggle in keep up with numbers in state government, and which may also lead to early elections.