With a political ‘coup’ in Maharashtra aimed at harming Uddhav Thackeray’s good political future, Bharatiya Janata Party Gets a leg up on its rivals ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and will be in power simultaneously in the three big states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra, which send 168 MPs to the Lok Sabha.
BJP sources told News18 that the party has a “mega development plan” ready for Maharashtra, which will include reviving large infrastructure projects that were stuck in 2024 and a pan-India development model stretching from Maharashtra to Uttar Pradesh to electorate. includes doing.
In an apparent reference to Uddhav Thackeray, party sources said the ‘coup’ also underscores a key tenet of the current BJP regime, in which “back-stabbers” are not given a second chance to cash in and hit them hard. goes.
For the BJP to be in power in UP, Maharashtra and Bihar at the same time, it is a repetition of a similar situation ahead of the 2019 parliamentary elections, when the NDA was in government in all the three big states and won 144 of these 168 constituencies. Had it. To secure a record 352 seats in the Lok Sabha.
Before 2019, the party formed the government with Nitish Kumar in Bihar in 2017 after Lalu Prasad broke the alliance with RJD. BJP came to power in UP that year too after a long gap. It had a government in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena before it pulled out of the alliance after the 2019 assembly elections.
“Unnatural political alliances with conflicting political ideologies do not last. Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad tried in Bihar in 2015, winning the state election, but the alliance broke with Kumar returning to the BJP. One such case was Shiv Sena’s opportunistic alliance with Congress and NCP, which implicated Shiv Sena on the core issue of Hindutva and 39 out of 55 Shiv Sena MLAs left Uddhav’s side,” a senior BJP leader told News18.
While there was some speculation that the BJP might again be ready to form the government with the Shiv Sena, sources in the saffron party say it was never on the cards. In fact, the BJP always maintained that it had a mandate for it in the last Maharashtra elections, as its pre-poll alliance had easily secured a majority for the Shiv Sena.
The top BJP leadership, sources say, “will never forgive Uddhav Thackeray” for betraying the party to go with the Congress and the NCP.
So 39 MLAs split The Shiv Sena has now put a critical question mark on Uddhav Thackeray’s political future, his hold on the party’s symbol and name, and its subsequent impact will be visible in the upcoming elections in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Which has been a major stronghold of the Thackeray family for decades.
With the audacious move of pushing Uddhav Thackeray towards a future of political oblivion, the BJP called “revenge a dish that is best served cold”.