Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi is alleged to be a completely happy girl, smiling and grinning from ear-to-ear over the newest political developments in Maharashtra.The surprising split in Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena has come as a boon to the Maharashtra Congress and its ally, Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party, occasion sources reveal. It’s well-known that the state Congress has at all times been a large divided home since years, and in addition harboured big variations with its 20-year outdated ally, the NCP.
Since 1999 to 2014, the Congressmen have been both engaged in an in-house crabby battle to tug down one another and concurrently the NCP, because the latter at all times appeared to have a political edge, and unwittingly giving a political benefit to the rivals.
Even as late as October, the party-men and party-women have been engaged in bitter political skirmishes in any respect ranges, together with the highly effective Mumbai Congress, which dented its picture and with critical repercussions on the hustings each in Lok Sabha and meeting election outcomes.
After the October meeting ballot outcomes have been introduced, the Congress got here trumps with 44 seats and NCP with 54 – in opposition to 42 and 41 in 2014 respectively – boosting their morale although they have been miles away from forming a viable authorities.
Shortly afterwards, the political panorama modified dramatically with the Shiv Sena splitting from the BJP and the ruling NDA on the centre, and lengthening a clawy paw to the bewildered Congress-NCP.
As the ‘clock’ ticked away, the 2 opposition events have been naturally reluctant to increase their ‘hand’ of friendship to a occasion which was not solely harshly essential however downright abusive for practically 53 years, spanning the eras of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh, apart from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
After Sena President Uddhav Thackeray climbed down his pedestal and known as Sonia Gandhi for help, shooed away an alleged BJP emissary and Hindutva chief Sambhaji Bhide Guruji, withdrew his sole minister Arvind Sawant from the union cupboard, his intentions turned clear.
As the seriousness of the state of affairs unfolded, the Congress-NCP bought into the act, presenting an unprecedented image of unity and camaraderie, and initiated the method of elevating a potential tri-partite authorities with the Sena because the lead associate.
A celebration chief mentioned Sonia Gandhi was sometimes each amused and bemused to see her warring tribe assuring her in virtually one voice that an alliance with the long-perceived enemy Shiv Sena was price a political gamble to maintain BJP at bay.
Though she raised an eyebrow of doubt, the Congress earnestly bought right down to business, and virtually adopted Sharad Pawar because the Mandrake who may carry out the unbelievable magic of giving Maharashtra a “MahaShivAghadi” alliance of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena – within the coming days.
Adopting a magnanimous method, the 79-year outdated Pawar additionally reciprocated by by no means displaying the NCP’s overzealousness within the authorities formation, retaining the Congress sentiments forward of his personal.
In reality, quickly after the election outcomes, Sonia Gandhi had warmly obtained and congratulated Pawar at her dwelling in New Delhi for nearly single-handedly dragging each the allies out of the political muck, when the BJP-Sena squabble over the power-sharing was simply breaking out.
The previous few days have seen the recently-divorced Sena being grudgingly accepted by Congress-NCP as a potential key ally, lots of their leaders visiting the ailing Sena MP Sanjay Raut – the person who set the ball rolling in opposition to the BJP – convalescing in hospital, and displayed different gestures of goodwill.
A cheerful Thackeray – who has undergone a change of wardrobe from his superior assortment of ‘kurta-pyjamas’ to formal shirts-trousers – is seen hopping from one tiresome assembly to a different along with his newfound future saviours, and hopes to re-establish the Sena’s place because the once-dreaded ‘Big Brother’ in state politics.
After all, it has dawned on him that lastly, the time has come for a ‘son-rise’ even within the Thackeray household.