Shiv Sena and BJP are the most unhappy couple in the family divided in Hindutva. Uddhav Thackeray has been mocked, mistreated and attacked in the BJP led by Amit Shah. However, today, both men announced a ceasefire and renewed the oldest alliance of the BJP: 20 years and counting.
His renewal of votes to challenge the Lok Sabha and the assembly together was wrapped in the mantle of “nationalism,” the much-used political card of both parties, when in reality it was a case of pure political interests.
The “yuti” (alliance) of Sena-BJP is now 30 years old, however, the Sena almost broke it this time after “roaring” the abuse of the throat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. The hard ball strategy seems to have worked; in the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP will compete with 25 seats and the Seine 23. Maharashtra is the second flag state after UP, sending 48 MPs to Lok Sabha.
The division will be 50-50 for the election of the assembly, which will take place at the end of this year.
The collateral effect of the disputes was made public, since Amit Shah had to resort to the ritual genuflection in Matoshree (the house of Mumbai of the head of Sena, Uddhav Thackeray), before two, accompanied by the chief minister of Maharashtra , Devendra Fadnavis. it will ensure two things: the assembly of Maharashtra will also vote with the general elections that are only weeks away. And Shah, who is one of the toughest negotiators in Indian politics, has had to compromise, as he did with Janata Dal United in Bihar, to keep them on board.
In 2014, the two had contested the assembly polls separately. This time, Shah made concessions to make sure they were in alliance. The BJP had refused to play as a junior partner in the polls for the 2014 assembly. The BJP won 122 seats in the 288-member assembly and the Sena count was 63.
The Sena has told Nitin Gadkari, the last interlocutor, that he wants the position of the head of government for Aditya Thackeray, the young son of Uddhav Thackeray, in an absolutely audacious movement. Gadkari was hired to negotiate after Devendra Fadnavis oppressed the demand that would probably cost him his job if they won the assembly elections.
Political sources whisper that it was Rashmi Thackeray who was very interested in seeing her son in Mantralaya. Gadkari seems to have succeeded in bringing the Thackerays around. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat also worked on the phones from Nagpur to Matoshree for the Tiger to come on board.
Shah and Thackeray, in their joint press, announced the alliance, but did not allow any questions, so perhaps the final word on the disputed issue has not yet been said.