Maharashtra: An election of Losses -
Maharashtra: An election of Losses
Posted 29 Nov 2019 05:13 PM


The not so recently concluded Maharashtra elections and the drama later was actually nobody’s gain. Every political party stands to lose something in it.

Congress has been Shiv Sena’s arch-rivals from the time the Sena was formed, and maintained a very fair distance and had opposed almost everything, ideology being the main issue. Now, the joining of the hands in government formation raises many questions from its basic vote banks. For example, the Muslims supporters in Congress are shocked at the advent of such developments, they have always seen Congress projected as a secular identity and now are really taken aback. The identity of Congress is right now debatable with this newfound friendship. It may so be a part of the government and it might also have played a crucial part in keeping the BJP at bay, but actually, Congress has a lot of explaining to do at grass root level party workers and loyalists. Congress remaining satisfied being a spectator would have been beneficial for them in the coming elections in the future.

Now, Shiv Sena may be in the driver’s seat and have a chief minister and right now be elated, but it has also paid a price for this. The leaders and the main core of the party may not think otherwise but sure enough, there would be a lot of explanation needed to be given to the local supporter who was always at loggerheads either verbally or mentally with both the NCP and Congress from decades. These supporters are now at crossroads, confused over the path they should take. And moreover when the founder and their all-time leader Shri Bala Saheb Thackeray had taken an oath not to ever take the support of (at least Sonia-led) Congress. So even when they have formed the government they have lost a lot, which might not be very apparent right now. Being a kingmaker and being a king are both very different things with each having their own privileges and pains.

And finally the drama that BJP did with Ajit Pawar was actually not at all required and it did a lot more damage than good. Watching a circus sitting outside the ring and enjoying is way different than jumping into the ring and trying to perform something which you are not adept at. Till then the scenario was that all the three parties were having their meetings and would have arrived at some arrangement but only with differences, and the entity then formed would not have lasted long and BJP would have had the last laugh because it already had a sympathy that it was betrayed and hence would just sit out and watch the proceedings without greed for power, and very rightly so. But the moment BJP tried to get into the action scene with the sudden uncalled, melodramatic drama, everything shifted and finally, it became a face loss for the BJP. The party which was seen as clean hearted suddenly showed the colours that of a power-hungry one, and that futile try really embarrassed it. So a very big loss for the BJP. But at least their conscience is clear.

The least damage was for the NCP because it’s suddenly got something out of nothing and that too when not in a very good situation and actually had nothing to lose. But is its choice of Shiv Sena over the BJP, a judicious one? Many fear lots of sparks flying around all through the tenure, because of the volatility of both the ingredients of the combination. But we can say it is the only party which has suffered minimum damage, but yet not completely undamaged because its internal structure has taken a beating for sure. The cracks within the party got exposed and shall always be a soft spot to hit for all enemies.

Well saying this the major losers are the voters of the state. They never voted for this final combination and have been really enlightened. The normal voter now stands to look at awe, at the virtue of great flexibility of the political parties and the sheer determination of forming the government. Actually, this should be a lesson to the common voter and he/she should also now try to be equally or more flexible and accommodating. Does the common voter now have any reason to support a party loyally? And can he change the way his leaders and idols do? Finally, what does he get?

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