20 October, 2020

Under Attack From BJP, Can Uddhav Thackeray Sail Through A Political Turmoil As COVID Lurks?

Not only coronavirus, BJP's 'Maharashtra Bachao' rally is certainly testing Thackeray's ability as an administrator. At least for now, the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance is holding up

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Under Attack From BJP, Can Uddhav Thackeray Sail Through A Political Turmoil As COVID Lurks?
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2020-06-06T09:15:09+05:30

They say the tree breaks if it doesn’t bend in a storm—or gets uprooted. An old cliché. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray knows when to bend and how much, yet stand upright. He won’t be leading the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra if he didn’t. It’s a coalition of arch-rivals whose ideological fountains spring from completely different fonts of wisdom. Opposites attract but the chief minister’s predecessor, Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP, is confident such friendships don’t last long. “Aisi sarkaren kabhi paanch saal chali hain? (Have such governments ever lasted five years?),” he said in a recent interview. His is not the solitary voice portending the Shiv Sena-Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government’s premature end. Its downfall, naysayers believe, will come from the internal contradictions within the coalition over the coronavirus crisis and issues before the pandemic.

The Sena chief appears undeterred, despite facing daunting challenges to prove equal to both...

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