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Balasaheb countered the rebellion with a “dramatic trick”; Uddhav appealed to the sentiments of Shiv Sainiks MPNRC

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Uddhav Thackeray and Aaditya Thackeray paid tribute to Balasaheb Thackeray and Subhash Chandra Bose. (Image: Twitter/ @OfficeofUT)

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In 1991, when Chhagan Bhujbal left the Shiv Sena, he was reportedly so scared of the violent reaction of the party and its ‘soldiers’ that he remained in hiding for almost a month. Today, when Eknath Shinde is leading the rebellion, he has taken an escape route to both Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states, first Gujarat and now Assam.

Bhujbal took 17 MLAs from rural Maharashtra with him, Shinde claims the support of 42 MLAs.

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So how are the reactions of father and son – Thackeray – different? Well, Bhujbal went into hiding and his official residence in Mumbai was allegedly attacked. Balasaheb Thackeray began his own recruitment, bringing in his son Uddhav and nephew Raj as “youth leaders”.

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CPM leader Ashok Dhawale wrote in an excerpt from the year 2000 that certain sections of the press began attacking the “dynastic ambitions” of the Thackeray family, with senior Shiv Sena leaders sharing similar views. So Balasaheb took a “dramatic step” in 1992, with a signed excerpt in Saamana announcing that he was resigning from the Shiv Sena once and forever. It worked so well in his favor that thousands of Shiv ‘Sainiks’ requested him to reconsider his decision and held a huge rally outside Shiv Sena Bhavan. Balasaheb then “politely” accepted his requests, writes Dhawale. “With this drama, Thackeray emerged stronger than ever, he reduced other SS leaders in size and the issue of ‘dynasty’ was stifled forever.”

In the current situation, his son Uddhav has also taken a more dramatic stand, giving a televised address to the state, where he tried to reach out to the rebel MLAs, saying he would step down as party chief, asking them to do so. was asked for.

He then moved out of his official residence ‘Varsha’ on June 22, in what seemed like a move to emotionally charge the Shiva ‘soldiers’ in support of Uddhav.

Result

Bhujbal had a rift with Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray, with whom he reportedly had a very close relationship. Bhujbal began his career with the Shiv Sena in the 1960s, worked his way up to becoming a corporator in 1973, and became mayor twice, in 1985 and 1991. Shinde also has a long history with the Shiv Sena, and was considered a Uddhav Thackeray loyalist.

Bhujbal left Shiv Sena in 1991 for two reasons. One, he was angry for being sidelined for Manohar Joshi, who had been made the leader of the opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and also for the fact that Balasaheb opposed the Mandal Commission’s reservation policy, which was for OBC leader Bhujbal. was not good.

Balasaheb was vocal against Bhujbal’s desire for supremacy. During the inauguration of a park on 23 March 1991, Congressman Ramrao Adik praised Bhujbal for his good work and Balasaheb reacted like this. He replied, “He is good at cleaning. You should take them to Congress to clean up the trash. Not the subtlest sarcasm on the leader of his own party. An India Today report stated that on the same day, the army mouthpiece Saamana had a cartoon depicting Christ on a donkey, titled: “The donkey must not mistake that the flowers falling on Christ are his were taken.” This was reportedly a reference to Bhujbal.

By December 1991, he moved out of the Shiv Sena with a group of supporters and joined the Congress under the leadership of Sharad Pawar. He sided with Pawar when he broke away from the party and formed the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

In the present case, it seems that Uddhav had no idea that a close member of his party was thinking of toppling his government. Shinde has centered his rebellion on the argument that the Uddhav-led party has deviated from the head of Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena. He has pointed to the coalition government that has Shiv Sena along with NCP and Congress in Maharashtra, which is called Maha Vikas Aghadi.

“Under the MVA government in the last two years, only coalition partners benefited while Shiv Sainiks were left disappointed. While our allies gained strength, Shiv Sena and soldiers were deliberately weakened. To ensure the survival of the party and the soldiers, it is necessary to get out of this unnatural alliance. It is time to take a decision for the betterment of Maharashtra,” Shinde has said.

Last year, however, the BJP had said that Shinde felt he had no real power, with Uddhav’s son Aditya taking over instead. Union minister Narayan Rane, who had also served as the chief minister of Maharashtra under the BJP-led government, said in August 2021 that Shinde was fed up with his party as it had no power and was looking for alternatives. Looking for

“Though he (Eknath Shinde) is the urban development minister in the MVA government, he is being used only for signing files. The rest is in the hands of ‘Aditya Thackeray, son of Uddhav’ who is also a minister and another person who is not in politics and hence I am not taking his name. No file of the Urban Development Department can be approved without the approval of Matoshree (Thackeray’s residence).

For now, Shinde has ruled out ties with the BJP, while the Shiv Sena leader is said to have been offered the deputy chief minister’s post in the prospect of forming a new government with the BJP.

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