01 August, 2021

Maharashtra Govt Formation: BJP's Return Into Ring Makes Scene Murkier

The return of BJP into the ring to explore fresh possibilities for government formation in Maharashtra has given a curious turn to the developments

Act II, Scene I
BJP-Shiv Sena manage to breach majority mark, stage set for another term for the allies. But Sena queers the pitch, seeks equal share in new government.
Photograph by PTI
Maharashtra Govt Formation: BJP's Return Into Ring Makes Scene Murkier

How does a hardcore Hindu right-wing party find common ground with two avowedly secular and liberal parties? Yet, here we are, trying to make sense of the drama unfolding in Maharashtra where two long-time allies broke off over a matter as simple as sharing the spoils of a battle fought jointly. And that, in short, is the crux of the mess in Maharashtra—the Shiv Sena pulling out of the BJP-led alliance and turning to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress in search of potential partners. But, strange bedfellows are not a rare entity in Ind­ian politics. Sworn enemies have built bridges, avowed allies crossed swords and ideological differences have blurred in a relentless quest for power over the years. The post-election high drama in the western state only reinforces the well-known theory that in politics, it’s not over till it’s over.

And none will be more aware of this than the BJP, which app­arently read the

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