First it joined hands with the Congress in Aurangabad to keep its two-decade old partner Shiv Sena at bay, and then it did not support the Sena candidate in the state Council polls. By doing this, the BJP, it seems, has put its long lasting marriage with the Shiv Sena on the chopping block. The recently -concluded state council polls has not only exposed the widened rift in the saffron siblings, it also has brought to the fore the Shiv Sena’s limitation in understanding political nuances. Unlike the assembly polls, the council election requires much more maneuvering and political management. Till now the Sena had veterans like Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane to manage these backroom operations. This was a major election since Narayan Rane left Sena and Manohar Joshi, for strange reasons, didn’t dirty his hands this time. Absence of leaders who matter from the battlefield left the Shiv Sena candidates at the mercy of Uddhav Thackeray, a little knowledgeable than a layman, and his confidante MP Sanjay Raut. Both finally botched up the Sena candidate’s chance to make it to the elder’s house. More striking was the BJPs you-manage-your-business attitude with the Shiv Sena. No leader from the senior saffron camp offered any help for its alliance partner’s candidate. The BJP leadership did nothing to save the sinking Sena candidate. In fact, in the last round both saffron candidates were pitted against each other. Finally, the BJP trounced the Sena man. Bureau report – NMTV News.
November 2, 2015
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