How BJP & Ajit Pawar Gained, Even after it seems they lost -
How BJP & Ajit Pawar Gained, Even after it seems they lost
Posted 27 Nov 2019 06:06 PM


When Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were suddenly sworn-in at 8 a.m. on Saturday – a few hours after the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP combine had reached a final agreement, the BJP had hailed the development as a “major master stroke”.

On social media, BJP supporters and sympathizers had lavishly praised the sudden turnaround. But, as soon as NCP supremo and Ajit Pawar’s uncle, Sharad Pawar tweeted that this was his nephew’s individual decision and the NCP was not part of a BJP-led government, the political scenario began to change hour to hour.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the Fadnavis government had to secure a vote of confidence in the house by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. A few hours later, Ajit Pawar put in his papers and subsequently, so did Fadnavis, admitting the BJP did not have the necessary numbers in the 288-member Assembly.

Thus nor did the BJP succeed with “Operation Kamal” in the western state, and neither did Ajit Pawar fulfill his promise of luring away the requisite number of Nationalist Congress Party legislators to prop the government.
But did both Ajit Pawar and BJP lost, or did they gain something out of the 80 hour drama.

Let’s talk about BJP first.
According to a passing remark by Fadnavis, even as he launched a scathing attack on the opposition forces for stitching up an alliance, was on point. He said that had the BJP fought on its own, it would have contested all 288 seats. And that the chances of the party getting a majority would have been much better had it not allied with the Shiv Sena.

We can remember how BJP entered into an alliance with the ideologically opposed Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party led by Mehbooba Mufti to grab power in J&K, only to ditch it mid-way through the government's term.

Now when the state has been converted into two Union Territories, the BJP leadership has not hesitated to put Mufti under house arrest. She has been in detention from August 5, as most of the other leaders of the valley.

Thus we can see that the BJP is set to reinvent its image as that of a secular party before the next term elections. And it does not hesitate to lose alliances to let go of its hardcore hindutva image.

As for Ajit Pawar, who revolted against his uncle Sharad Pawar and helped the BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis take power on Saturday, is set to return as leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislature party, sources say.

Even after delivering a huge shocker to his party and the alliance both, he expects a ministry.
“The decision to induct me in the cabinet is to be taken by Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister. I will accept any responsibility given by my party,” said the former Deputy Chief Minister.

Also after getting sworn in as a Deputy CM got the gift when ACB shut the investigations into at least nine cases in which Ajit Pawar was allegedly involved, on the first day of the new government taking office on Monday, 48 hours after it was sworn in early on Saturday.

Thus we can say that even though it may seem that BJP and Ajit Pawar lost in the short run but they gained long term benefits which they will effectively reap in the future

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