Maharashtra’s political crisis took a turn on Wednesday night when Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray left his official residence ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai and moved back to ‘Matoshree’, the Thackeray family’s private residence in suburban Bandra, in an emotional appeal. Afterwards. Shiv Sena Cadre.
Now this is the proposal that Shiv Sena hopes to work on its members. While it is not necessarily a show of strength in all cities, the Shiv Sena is hopeful that it will convince some Shiv Sainiks to return.
For Shiv Sena, the message is clear – it will adopt a ‘wait and watch policy’ and hold its strategy on hold until rebel leader Eknath Shinde takes some more steps. Shiv Sena sources say that the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs may take some time to process Uddhav Thackeray’s emotional speech and Shinde will have to wait for a few days till the sentiment subsides.
Amidst the discussions, there is a conspiracy theory that Uddhav Thackeray may have himself plotted the crisis after completing 2.5 years in power, though Shiv Sena sources deny this.
Meanwhile, it is the biggest rebellion within the party, which has so far seen the Chhagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane and Raj Thackeray deal deal a blow to the Shiv Sena. The party is in a big trouble as it waits for itself to assume power without a second line of leadership. At the same time, there is anger among supporters about giving ministerial posts to independent candidates and the same independent candidates now joining hands with Shinde.
While there is serious resentment against the NCP among the rebel allies, they are not necessarily insisting on going with the BJP only. Primarily, the rebel camp is angry with the NCP because they feel alienated from their own party. In short, the sentiment is not pro-BJP, but anti-NCP.
The BJP, on its part, will not touch these rebels until the safe figure of 37 is reached, so like the Shiv Sena, it will also wait and put forth the crisis.
The Congress and the NCP will continue to conduct their day-to-day administration until Uddhav Thackeray tenders his resignation or calls for a floor test. However, the alliance believes that the floor test may not happen anytime soon.