A fresh realigning of Hindutva parties and their supporters is likely to take place in Maharashtra in the days to come.
The political crisis in Maharashtra bodes ill for the future of Shiv Sena and its current establishment. The crisis has put the entire Shiv Sena party into a big churn and it is not yet certain as to which way the wind will blow.
The Uddhav Thackeray government is largely responsible for inviting its own downfall. The Shiv Sena leadership had got into an unnatural alliance just because it could not thrash out a compromise with BJP that had almost double the seats that Shiv Sena had won.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi, formed with NCP and Congress, was an artificial alliance forged together only to keep the BJP out of power. And while forging this alliance, Uddhav Thackeray had to go back on his party’s long avowed plank of Hindutva.
Hindutva has always been Shiv Sena’s main bulwark as shaped by the indomitable Bal Thackeray. Going back on its core principles just to keep its MVA partners, NCP and Congress, in good humour did not go well with the ground level workers of Shiv Sena.
The dissatisfaction was evident at the ground level. That Uddhav Thackeray and his chieftains could not sense it only shows his lack of political suave and street-smart management of party affairs that Bal Thackeray was so famous for.
You cannot ignore the sentiments of your party workers for too long and remain ensconced in power. The warning bells were sounding for quite long, as the rebel MLAs have also revealed now. Uddhav Thackeray failed to see the writing on the wall.
The current crisis proves that the current leadership of Shiv Sena has distanced itself from the ground level workers and has largely limited itself to only a few people at the helms.
This crisis is likely to cause a big churning within Shiv Sena as well as the Hindutva forces in Maharashtra. A fresh realigning of Hindutva parties and their supporters is likely to take place in the days to come.
One can only hope that this gives rise to political stability and good governance soon.