Amidst, the center vs Maharashtra government speculations of both parties’ reconciling for future elections have emerged.
The parties are gearing up for local civic body elections, especially the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which is expected to be held in January-February of next year.
Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik wrote in a letter on 20 June, addressed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. In the letter, Mr. Sarnaik urged the party to reconcile with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
He alleged that Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which had contested in an alliance with Shiv Sena – Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), are creating divisions in the alliance.
Sarnaik asserted the fact that an alliance with the central party can safeguard him and fellow party members of the central agencies.
“It is better to join hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi again as Shiv Sainiks feel that would save the Sena leaders like me, Anil Parab and Ravindra Waikar from problems created by the Central agencies,” he wrote.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had raided the premises of Sarnaik last year, on 24 November 2020, in connection with a Rs 175 crore money-laundering case, probed against a security service provider company.
The MLA of Thane City stated, even though the alliance with BJP was broken, the good associations among the party members continue.
On June 14, Congress leader Nana Patole announced that the party will be contesting the next assembly elections solo. Mr. Patole said he is ready to become the face of Maharashtra.
He informed that he will continue to support Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray till he completes the full five-year term.
A week later, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut assured that the MVA alliance is an exemplary model of governing a state.
Raut informed that the decision of how to contest elections has not been decided. In response to the claims made by Congress leader Nana Patole, he said that the alliance is focused on serving its full term and providing welfare.
Bharatiya Janata Party Leader Devendra Fadnavis put the rumors to rest by announcing that the party will contest solo. However, he said it is up to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) to decide their alliance.
The speculations emerged after a one-to-one meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took place in the early days of June, at PM’s official residence in Delhi.
The Chief Minister, along with his deputy Ajit Pawar and Public works department minister Ashok Chavan, discussed issues of Maratha reservation, good and service taxes compensation, among others.
The chief minister also sought PM Narendra Modi’s intervention to resolve the issue of nomination of 12 members to the legislative council, which the Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, did not clear for eight months. The meeting allegedly lasted for half an hour.
The mini-assembly elections will constitute 23 municipal corporations including Mumbai civic body, 29 district councils, and around 90 municipal councils will go for polls from September-October of this year till the next year. The result will be announced in January-February of 2022.