June 30, 2022

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MLC Polls: Devendra Fadnavis used Rajya Sabha & MLC polls to widen rift in Shiv Sena

Maharashtra BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis used the Rajya Sabha and Maharashtra legislative council polls to sow division and engineer a break up within the Shiv Sena.

On June 3, a Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) delegation met Fadnavis and state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil. The delegation, comprising NCP Chief Chhagan Bhujbal and Shiv Sena chief Anil Desai, met Fadnavis to request the BJP to withdraw the third Rajya Sabha candidate and in return the MVA would provide a fifth MLC seat to the BJP. The MVA wished the Rajya Sabha and MLC elections to be held unopposed. Fadnavis refused the MVA provide. He was agency that he wished elections for the Rajya Sabha though the numbers weren’t beneficial to the BJP, in keeping with folks conscious of the matter.

There have been lots of inside conflicts within the MVA and there have been a number of Shiv Sena and Congress MLAs together with impartial MLAs who have been upset with the MVA authorities for ignoring them, mentioned the folks. Fadnavis, in reality, had publicly said earlier than the Rajya Sabha polls that he was relying on the anger among the many MVA authorities MLAs for electing its third Rajya Sabha candidate though it didn’t have the numbers.

Prior to now one 12 months, a number of Shiv Sena leaders had gone public with their grievances of being ignored within the authorities and likewise of the issues in a three-party authorities. “Individuals thought that Fadnavis was simply going to make use of this anger to win the Rajya Sabha and MLC polls. What the MVA didn’t realise was that he was additionally going to make use of it to carry down this authorities,” mentioned a BJP chief, who didn’t want to be recognized.

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Not simply within the Shiv Sena, there was anger even within the Congress camp, and several other Congress members had briefed the occasion management in regards to the “drift” within the occasion. At the very least 10 Congress MLAs cross-voted for the BJP in the course of the MLC polls. The BJP chief mentioned that having an election for the Rajya Sabha and MLC polls helped the BJP. “If Fadnavis would have agreed for the Rajya Sabha and the MLC polls to be held unopposed then the MLAs wouldn’t have been stored in inns or herded collectively. It might have brought on ripples below regular circumstances if Eknath Shinde hung out with the Sena MLAs. Nonetheless, since they have been all stored in the identical lodge, nobody sensed something flawed. In actual fact, even when Shinde and different Sena MLAs left collectively on Monday night, nobody raised any suspicion,” he mentioned.