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Congress closes door on Sena but NCP window still open

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After day-long discussions with its Maharashtra management, the Congress didn’t give the ready Sena a letter of assist. (Express picture/Prashant Nadkar)

The Congress Monday just about dashed Shiv Sena’s hopes of forming a authorities below its management in Maharashtra because the celebration excessive command selected ideological compulsions over sensible politics. It was classical Congress at play because the celebration’s central management didn’t buckle below strain from its MLAs, its Maharashtra management, and a forceful overture by the Sena with Uddhav Thackeray chatting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Sources mentioned each Sonia and former chief Rahul Gandhi weren’t in favour of backing a Sena-led authorities.

So, after day-long discussions with its Maharashtra management, the Congress didn’t give the ready Sena a letter of assist, forcing Aaditya Thackeray and Eknath Shinde to fulfill Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari with empty palms and looking for extra time. a request Raj Bhavan didn’t settle for.

Sources within the Congress mentioned the celebration would definitely again an NCP-led Government. The Congress has now left to it the NCP which was given a day’s time by the Governor to safe the requisite numbers and negotiate with the Sena.

The query now’s whether or not Sena will play second fiddle and be a part of or assist a authorities led by NCP. After al, it had damaged its ties with the BJP after the latter had refused its demand for a rotational chief ministership. It can be to be seen whether or not the Congress will present exterior assist or be a part of an NCP-led Government during which the Sena can be an ally.

At least two senior Congress leaders, in the meantime, advised The Indian Express that they anticipated a impasse and that the state could possibly be heading for a spell of President’s Rule.

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A day after the BJP conveyed to the Governor its unwillingness to type the federal government, motion shifted to Jaipur after which Delhi. Most Congress MLAs, lodged in a resort in Jaipur, and prime leaders have been prodding the central management to again the Sena. The Sena, too, signaled its intention to snap all ties with the BJP by asking Arvind Sawant, its minister within the Union Cabinet, to resign. The resignation, curiously, has not been accepted till late tonight. For its half, the BJP noticed restraint and didn’t hit out the Sena barring some stray tweets by some celebration members — an indication that each one choices have been open.

But Sonia, as additionally many of the senior AICC leaders, sources mentioned, weren’t snug with the concept of backing a Sena authorities arguing that the celebration can not compromise on its ideology. The Congress excessive command, nonetheless, didn’t rule out any risk publicly and saved the Sena ready.

The Congress Working Committee met this morning to debate the scenario at Sonia’s 10, Janpath residence. It was determined that prime Maharashtra leaders — former Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, former Chief Ministers Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan and MPCC president Balasaheb Thorat, his predecessor Manikrao Thakre, Avinash Pande, Rajeev Satav and Rajni Patil — be referred to as to Delhi for additional discussions. Two Sena leaders, in the meantime, landed in Delhi and held talks with Ahmed Patel but he didn’t give any dedication. One of them was mentioned to be Uddhav’s private assistant Milind Narvekar.

Acting Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray throughout an occasion. (Express Photo)

Top Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and K C Venugopal joined Maharashtra leaders at Sonia’s residence. Sources mentioned most Central leaders have been against the concept of backing a Sena-led authorities. Rahul, who walked into the assembly halfway, too conveyed his opposition. “We cannot compromise on our ideology…it is a fact that the state leaders are demanding…and most of the leaders here are not in favour,” a senior chief advised The Indian Express. Meanwhile, Uddhav rang up Sonia. She, nonetheless, didn’t give any dedication.

As Aaditya and prime Sena leaders headed to Raj Bhawan to fulfill the Governor in Mumbai, the Congress issued a terse assertion. “The Congress working committee met this morning and had a detailed discussion on the situation in Maharashtra after which a consultation was held with Maharashtra Congress leaders. The Congress president has spoken to Sharad Pawarji. The party will have further discussion with NCP,” the assertion issued by AICC common secretary KC Venugopal mentioned. There was no point out of Sena. Sources mentioned prime Congress leaders will meet once more Tuesday to debate the way in which ahead.

Explained: Unlikely allies, but the Shiv Sena has had a mushy nook for Pawar

Sources mentioned aside from ideological incompatibility, celebration leaders recalled the frosty relationship between Sonia and Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray. The animosity was so acute that she was upset when former President Pranab Mukherjee went and met Thackeray within the run-up to the 2012 presidential election regardless of her recommendation in opposition to such an interplay. In his e book “The Coalition Years”, Mukherjee revealed: “I took a decision to meet Thackeray despite Sonia Gandhi’s disapproval because I felt that the man who had broken away from his traditional coalition partner to support my candidature, should not feel humiliated.”

Bal Thackeray was additionally very important of Sonia till his loss of life over her overseas origin.

“Sonia Gandhi was not enthusiastic about my meeting Bal Thackeray and advised me to avoid it if possible. Sonia Gandhi’s reservations about Thackeray were based on her own perception of his policies,” he mentioned. “I returned to Delhi, and the following morning Girija Vyas called on me. She informed me that Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel were upset about my meeting with Thackeray. I understood the cause of their unhappiness but, as I have explained, I did what I believed was right. I had to keep in mind the sensitivity of the advice given by Sharad Pawar — an important ally of the UPA-II,” Mukherjee mentioned in his e book.

Thackeray was additionally very important of Sonia till his loss of life over her overseas origin. He and his celebration’s mouthpiece Saamna usually lampooned Sonia and her son Rahul with Saamna as soon as calling her “Italian mummy”.

But it is usually a incontrovertible fact that the Congress by no means had qualms of associating with the Sena regionally in Maharashtra. The Sena’s first ever political rally in 1967 was attended by senior Congress chief Ramrao Adik. The ‘60s and ‘70s saw Sainiks getting embroiled in street battles with members of leftist parties for supremacy in the mill worker heartland of Parel-Girgaum. That was when the Sena’s venture of breaking the again of the commerce union motion started and gave energy to the idea then that Congress governments that dominated the state have been mushy towards Sena.

In 1971, the K Kamaraj-led Congress (O) allied with the Shiv Sena and requested it to contest three seats from Mumbai. In 1978, the Sena allied with Congress(I) fielding 33 candidates within the Assembly polls but did not win a single seat. In 1980, the Sena supported Congress(I) within the Lok Sabha elections. Pawar and Congress leaders like A R Antulay and Sudhakarrao Naik have been by no means antagonistic in direction of the Sena. Pawar and Antulay particularly have been recognized private associates of Thackeray.

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