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Once Balasaheb Thackeray also supported Congress, now his son and grandson seeking support from Congress!

Wednesday - November 13, 2019 4:02 pm , Category : INDIA
Shiv Sena’s efforts to form the government with opposing parties
Shiv Sena’s efforts to form the government with opposing parties

Nothing new in the proximity between Shiv Sena and Congress! 

NOV 13 (WTN) - Amid the ongoing political upsurge in Maharashtra, the proximity of the Shiv Sena and the Congress once again proves that there is no permanent friend or foe in Indian politics. After having an alliance for years and contesting the elections together, the BJP and Shiv Sena have separated their paths, while the growing closeness between Shiv Sena and the Congress, who were strongly opposed to each other, once again renewed the age-old politics of Maharashtra. 

As you know, BJP and Shiv Sena both are ideologically close to each other but there have been ideological differences between Congress and Shiv Sena. But even after this, the Shiv Sena refused to support the BJP to form the government due to the insistence of the Shiv Sena for the post of Chief Minister in the event that no single party gets an absolute majority in the Maharashtra Assembly elections. Not only this, Shiv Sena is discussing with the Congress to form a government even after ideological differences with the Congress, separating itself from the NDA. 

By the way, if you think that the proximity of ideologically opposition parties Shiv Sena and Congress is a historical event for Indian politics, then your thinking is wrong. If you go into history then you will know that from time to time there have been close relations between Shiv Sena and Congress. For your information, let us know that Shiv Sena was founded in the year 1966 by Balasaheb Thackeray. It is said that Indira Gandhi helped the Shiv Sena to stand up only to weaken the workers' movements of the communists. The Congress had so much influence over the Shiv Sena that the Shiv Sena was initially called 'Vasant Sena'on the name of then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vasantrao Naik. 

As you know, the Congress was split in 1969, after which the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was expelled from the party by the old leaders of Congress and named their party as Congress (O), while Indira Gandhi formed Congress (I) after being separated. Balasaheb Thackeray was close with Congress leaders standing against Indira Gandhi and that is why Balasaheb sided with the Congress (O) in 1971 elections. In the 1971 Lok Sabha elections, Balasaheb had fielded three candidates in an alliance with Congress (O), but in the election, all three candidates had to face defeat.

As we told you, Indira Gandhi herself helped to build the Shiv Sena, but initially, the image of the Shiv Sena was that of a staunch anti-Congress party. Despite the perceived closeness to Indira Gandhi, Balasaheb Thackeray used to target Indira Gandhi fiercely in his cartoons. But to avoid his arrest at the time of emergency, Balasaheb Thackeray surprised everyone by supporting the emergency.

As you know that in 1975, Indira Gandhi imposed emergency in the whole country, after which the opposition leaders were being sent to jail. It is said that the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shankarrao Chavan had kept two options before Balasaheb Thackeray, either to arrest him like other opposition leaders and go to jail or to declare his support for the emergency. Realizing the urgency of time, Balasaheb Thackeray thought it more appropriate to support an emergency than to go to jail. 

Balasaheb Thackeray came out in support of Indira Gandhi during the emergency and Balasaheb Thackeray even supported the Congress in the 1977 election. But Shiv Sena, who has a staunch Hinduist image, was overshadowed by the Congress and the Shiv Sena lost badly in 1978 Maharashtra Assembly elections and BMC elections. Seeing the loss of his land after this defeat, Balasaheb had even announced his resignation at a rally at Shivaji Park, Mumbai, but he had withdrawn his resignation in dramatic events after Shiv Sainiks protested. 

Like 1977, in the 1980 Lok Sabha elections, the Shiv Sena supported the Congress. During the 1980 Lok Sabha elections, Shiv Sena did not contest its candidates against the Congress candidates. It is said that Balasaheb's personal relationship with the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra A.R. Atule was very good, that is why Balasaheb did not field his candidates against the Congress candidates. Not only this, Balasaheb Thackeray even supported Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee for the presidential election, while both of them belonged to the Congress party. 

History testifies that Shiv Sena's political proximity with Congress is not new, now this proximity can be called helplessness or strategy. Balasaheb Thackeray was a clever player in the politics of Maharashtra and according to the need of the time; he remained with Congress and also opposed it. But with the strengthening of the BJP as a pro-Hindu party, the Shiv Sena left the Congress and forged an alliance with the BJP and formed a government in the state and the center. But at present, the command of Shiv Sena is not in the hands of Balasaheb Thackeray but in the hands of his son Uddhav Thackeray, and Uddhav Thackeray has left the BJP in his desire to make his son the Chief Minister.

Once again, the proximity of the Shiv Sena and the Congress proves that principles do not matter to political parties in Indian politics for power. A radical Hinduism party like Shiv Sena can stand with the Congress to gain power. In such a situation, now it has to be seen whether Shiv Sena is able to form a government by forming a post-election alliance with the opposing parties like Congress and NCP.