13 May, 2021

Why Shiv Sena Is Giving Devendra Fadnavis Sleepless Nights

BJP partner Shiv Sena seeks bigger role in the government. Who will blink first in this battle of attrition?

Uneasy Sits The Crown
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis with party leaders in Mumbai
Photograph by PTI
Why Shiv Sena Is Giving Devendra Fadnavis Sleepless Nights

It’s an impasse only a few would have foreseen when it became clear on October 24 that Maharashtra’s mandate, though not exa­ctly overwhelming, was in favour of the ruling alliance of BJP and Shiv Sena. The BJP would have bel­ieved that the stage was set for the return of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for his second consecutive term after a five-year tenure, a distinction none of his predecessors since Vasantrao Naik (1963-75) could boast of.  The saffron brigade bagged a majority in the 288-member assembly with the BJP and the Sena winning 105 and 56 seats respectively. And yet, even a week after the results, Fadnavis’s swearing-in has been put on hold amid a piquant political situation arising out of an unexpected spanner in their coalition wheel.

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