New Delhi: The politics of Maharashtra is in a very interesting phase. Devendra Raj is over, now Uddhav Raj is going to start. The special thing is that the Congress, which is its strongest opponent, will also have a stake in this government. At least 12-15 ministerial posts, including a deputy chief minister, will come on his part. For the Congress, it is like getting pearls without asking. The Congress ranks fourth in the Maharashtra assembly elections. Only 44 MLAs.
After the election results came, her leaders did not even think that she would be a partner in power. The governor too did not think it worth it to invite him to form the government. Seeing the BJP NCP and Shiv Sena fail to form the government, the Governor directly recommended President’s rule. Even after this condition, the Congress will now have a stake in the Uddhav government. He is getting this stake without asking for it. Whereas in the initial phase, when the NCP started discussions about forming a non-BJP government, it did not even show interest. Especially because of the image of Shiv Sena’s Hindutva, the Congress was hesitant to think of going with it. Many top party leaders sitting in Delhi were not willing to accompany the Shiv Sena.
If sources are to be believed, Maharashtra Congress leaders clearly told the high command that it would not be easy for anyone to retain the party MLAs if they rejected the offer of Shiv Sena and NCP. After this, the party high command mentioned certain conditions and agreed to carry on the negotiations. But the Congress did not hold any talks directly with the Shiv Sena. The NCP worked as a bridge between the Congress and the Shiv Sena. The whole strategy of forming this government was by NCP chief Sharad Pawar. He was the one who kept Congress together and gave confidence to Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, meanwhile, only spoke to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi once, to complete the formalities of seeking support from the Congress.