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Issue No.: 571 | January 2015
 

Shiv Sena’s Contortions

Ashok Karnik
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The never ending talks between the BJP and Shiv Sena .....exercise of power-sharing
POINT

The never ending talks between the BJP and Shiv Sena ended at last (4th December) with the Sena deciding to join the Government. A lot of rhetoric was the daily offering by the Sena as it took its Leader of Opposition role seriously while keeping one eye on a possible sharing of power. Shiv Sena calculated that BJP had realized the folly of depending on the NCP as Sharad Pawar, running true to form, was capable of finding excuses to withdraw NCP’s support to the BJP Government any day and on any issue. Consequently, the BJP had to patch up with the Sena. The Sena tried to extract its pound of flesh and the negotiations dragged on unconscionably. The people who had opted for a new dispensation watched in exasperation. The reunion of the two brought relief but no real satisfaction.
COUNTER POINT

The entire exercise of power-sharing became so tortuous and farcical that the new Government seemed to have lost its way even before it began sorting out the mess created by the earlier Congress-NCP combine. The sheen of the new Government was reduced. Ministers who force themselves into their positions by arm-twisting do not inspire confidence. Nor does an alliance brought about at gun-point! The hope of a dramatic change in the state has evaporated. If Devendra Fadnavis can still do some good, it will come as a bonus. An alliance partner whose only desire is to count the number of Governmental posts it has grabbed cannot be expected to provide stability. Constant bickering could be the theme of the future. The messy alliance will have to regain the people’s goodwill with extraordinary effort.
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