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The government of two is running in Maharashtra for a month.
The opposition has started complaining that the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis cabinet was not expanded because of the tension within the Shindesena and the BJP.
The reason for this is the BJP’s tension with the Shiv Sainiks who follow Chief Minister Shinde over the formation of the cabinet.
In the meantime, due to the comments of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, a new controversy spread in Maratha politics.
At a program on Friday (July 29), Governor Koshiyari said Mumbai would no longer be the commercial capital of the country if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis left.
- After this comment, a new debate started. Sanjay Routh, a Shiv Sena leader close to former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, said the Governor had hurt Marathi sentiments.
- Hope Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will protest this time.
- Eknath Shinde was sworn in as the Chief Minister on June 30 after the collapse of the coalition government in Maharashtra due to a rebellion and split in the Shiv Sena.
- BJP leader and former chief minister of the state Devendra Fadnavis became the deputy chief minister.
- But even after a month passed, it was not possible to form the cabinet due to Shiv Sena and BJP.
- Since the time of late Balasaheb Thackeray, Shiv Sena has been fighting against the financial aggression of Gujarati and Rajasthani (Marwari) businessmen in Mumbai.
- In this situation, a section of political observers feel that the Uddhav camp is trying to incite Marathi ‘Khand nationalism’ again by using former Uttarakhand BJP leader Koshiyari’s comments.
- Not only the Shiv Sena, but top leaders of the Maharashtra Congress like Sachin Sabant also opposed Koshyari’s comments.
- Meanwhile, the opposition camp has also raised concerns about the non-expansion of the cabinet in Maharashtra.
- Shinde took oath as Chief Minister on June 30. BJP leader Fadnavis as deputy chief minister.
But as the cabinet has not been formed even in a month, there have been complaints that the speed of work has slowed down in various departments of the government.
Among the Shiv Sainiks who opposed the Thackeray family by joining the rebellion with Eknath Shinde, most of them are aspiring to important ministries.
Out of 288 seats in the assembly, the BJP with its alliance has 109 seats while Shiv Sena has 39 on Shinde’s side. Almost all of them are interested in becoming ministers.
Meanwhile, BJP has given up the post of Chief Minister even with majority of seats. So they are demanding the Ministry of Finance and Home Affairs. Shinde, on the other hand,
wants to maintain dominance so that Uddhav Thackeray and his family can reduce the power of Shiv Sena’s real claimants among the Marathas.
- This tension could not be resolve in the last one month.
- During this period, Shinde and Fadnavis visited Delhi six times and held meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
- Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda. But it did not bring any better results.
- After Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s comments, strong reactions were seen from various quarters.
- After the comments became public, former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray demanded an apology from the Governor,
- saying that he had not only insulted the Maratha people but also wanted to create division among Hindus.
- He needs to be punished for this crime. Demanding a statement from Maratha Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on this matter, Uddhav said,
We need to know what these new Hindus are thinking.” If this governor sent by Delhi creates such division, he needs to be sent back.
Criticizing Koshiyari’s comments, Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said that the obedient Koshiyari is not alert at all.
Meanwhile, the provincial president Nana Patole also demanded the removal of the governor.