The recent by-elections of the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti in Maharashtra included two lessons – one for the BJP and the other for the ruling Maha Vikas Agadi (MVA) alliance. For the BJP, the election made clear it needed a new strategy to counter the MVA in Maharashtra, while the ruling coalition had a simple message – stick together if you want to keep the BJP at bay. While the BJP won 22 of the 85 seats in the Zila Parishad across six districts in Maharashtra, the Congress, the NCP and Shiv Sena – all electors of the ruling MVA – won 19, 15 and 12 seats, respectively, winning a total of 46 a seat. Of the 144 seats in the Panchayat Samiti, the Congress won the highest 36 seats, followed by the BJP with 33 seats, the Shiv Sena with 23 and the NCP with 18. The MVA combined won 73 of the 144 seats in Panchayat Samiti.
As the political equations change from opinion polls in rural areas to opinion polls, the BJP needs a new social alliance in Maharashtra, says Sanjit Kumar Raje, professor and chair of political science at Delhi University.
“The BJP will have to look for new social alliances in Maharashtra as it did in Uttar Pradesh. They are trying, as in Konkan district, they have taken along Narayan Rani – a former director of Maharashtra and for the Maratha district, except Gopinath Mundi, there are many leaders and they (BJP) need a Maratha leader with pan-Maharashtra image that can challenge Sharad Pawar.They need to develop this along with preparing the local leadership to bring out new social leaders.
Raji says many political leaders in Maharashtra still want the BJP and Shiv Sena to come together and added that it is not necessary for the results of the local elections to reflect the likely outcome of the assembly elections.
“For example, in the 2001 Panchayati Raj polls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the BJP performed well in the Zila Parishad polls, but when the assembly elections were held, it was not so good. When there was a Mayawati government in UP, it was performing well in the Zila Parishad polls. The BJP is doing well in the municipal polls and it seemed that the Saffron Party might form the government in the state but on the contrary Akhilesh Yadav replaced Mayawati.So the political equations for the local elections are different but one thing is clear that when it comes to Maharashtra politics, Many people still want the BJP and Shiv Sena to come together, otherwise both parties may suffer badly in the upcoming assembly elections,” he said.
Raj also said that if the BJP wanted to do well in Maharashtra alone, it should remove the Hindutva mask from Shiv Sena’s face.
“In my opinion, the BJP still has a soft angle for the Shiv Sena. The BJP needs to reveal the ‘Hindutva’ mask that the Shiv Sena wears because it is detrimental to the Saffron voting bank. The BJP needs to further highlight and sharpen the Hindutva position In Maharashtra and should be more critical of Shiv Sena.If you see, BJP local leadership attacks Shiv Sena while Sena attacks BJP national leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, RSS and National Politics leaders For the Saffron Party. Shiv Sena is trying to create a larger narrative against the BJP. Unfortunately, the BJP’s top leadership has not aggressively attacked Shiv Sena and this needs to change.”
Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chairman Chandrakant Patel, who is currently campaigning for the assembly of the Diggler Pools, has hinted that the MVA has won the rural polls due to financial strength.
“We recently won the Bypol Parliament (Pandharpur-Mangalweda Assembly Constituency) and defeated the MVA candidate. The seat was traditional for them. We will win the Deglur bypolls (October 30th) as well. If we talk about the Zila Parishad polls, the smaller it is, the bigger it gets,” said Patel. money effect.
He also emphasized that the local elections are different from the assembly polls and that the BJP will do well in the Vidan Sabha elections.
Whatever the BJP leaders claim, the reality is that Maharashtra has a complex regionalism that drives the political leanings of the voters, and if the BJP still fails to see Shiv Sena as an opposition party, it may have to warm the opposition seats in the Maharashtra Assembly After the 2024 elections. Also.