Drama in Maharashtra


As far as new possibilities of government formation in Maharashtra are concerned, the Bharatiya Janata Party may be wary of a once bitten twice shy approach towards the Shiv Sena, whose greed has only turned the whole issue into an ugly political spectacle (Editorial, “Betrayal of the mandate”, November 13). If at all fresh elections become inevitable, the BJP may go it alone instead. The 50:50 power-sharing formula, that was experimented with in Karnataka, with the JD(S) in the past and with the BSP earlier in U.P., has already proved to be a lesson for the BJP. In the end, a fractured electoral verdict proves counterproductive for the electorate.

Sivamani Vasudevan,


Leaving aside the veracity of the Governor’s action in recommending President’s rule for Maharashtra, there is an imperative need to ensure credible governance in the State. Electoral mandates based on pre-poll alliances between political parties are to be respected. In this context, political parties are invariably required to be made accountable as far as their party manifestos are concerned. There should be an appropriate mechanism through electoral reforms to ensure that political parties stick to pre-poll adjustments/alliances including their manifestos. Otherwise, it would amount to a colossal disregard of the people’s mandate.

G. Ramasubramanyam,


The riveting turn of events in Maharashtra politics since the Assembly poll results has been a study in the possibility of political realignments. The fast-paced developments have validated the proposition that ‘politics is the art of the possible’. The ‘divorce’ between the Shiv Sena and the BJP — after ‘cohabiting’ as ideological peers for more than a quarter century following their inability to hammer out a mutually acceptable power sharing formula — has given the NCP and the Congress to try and form a three-party coalition government.

The imposition of President’s rule has attracted criticism that it presaged “Operation Kamal” by the BJP to outwit its opponents and ‘’manufacture a majority’ for itself. The BJP cannot claim itself to be ‘a party with a difference’ since it is not against horse-trading if it helps in seizing power. By the way, turncoats betray a staggering contempt for decency in public life. The Assembly is now kept ‘in suspended animation’; it means the doors for revocation of Central rule and the formation of a new State government are wide open. There is now ample time for political parties to try all sorts of manoeuvres in the game of politics.

Talks are now said to be under way among the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress on the contours of the government, terms of power sharing and a common minimum programme. Interestingly, the NCP is now said to ask for ‘rotational chief ministership’, something that caused the severance of Shiv Sena-BJP ties. It is evident from the non-committal positions of the NCP and the Congress over joining hands with the Shiv Sena and the speculation over the remote possibility of reconciliation between the erstwhile saffron allies that the current political scenario in Maharashtra is in a state of flux.

We will watch with keen interest how things take shape in Maharashtra. There is never a dull moment when news breaks a split second by split second. However, how long it will take for the denouement of the political thriller in the ‘great state’ is hard to tell now.

G. David Milton

Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu

The “phenomenon” of almost all political parties, with an exception of the Left, resorting to all types of shenanigans and chicanery in undermining the peoples’ mandate shows that nothing except the hunger for power is what is dictating the political discourse. Political morality has been pushed into the corner. There is also disrespect for the law of the land and a scornful attitude towards voters.

Unless something is done soon, constitutional values and democratic norms will fade away soon. A strong Opposition, a free press, the right to dissent, communal harmony, fruitful and dignified legislative debates, and honest and efficient governance may become rare ideals.

N. Raveendra Babu


Searching for morality in Indian politics is something akin to hunting for a lost needle in a haystack. Today the Sena and the BJP may trade barbs, but tomorrow what may be in the store none can predict. Political power is a very powerful magnet and an unpredictable vortex. It may cause even the noblest to slip and err. The present group of political parties of Maharashtra is the classic example of this. None should be surprised if Sena and BJP come together in the interregnum and form a government.

A. Thirugnanasambantham,


When two political heavyweights combine, there is always the possibility of a crisis: over who is the weightier of the two. It is saddening that after an election the party with the highest number of seats could not form the government while the coalition partner, which is the second largest party and with half the number of seats, is calling the shots. The Shiv Sena has rightly realised that allowing a BJP candidate to be the Chief Minister will only weaken its stature. There is a clear ascendancy of the BJP and its image in Maharashtra. It is another astute and strategic move by the BJP that it ensured the imposition of President’s rule in preference to the Shiv Sena governing Maharashtra.

V. Lakshmanan,

Tirupur, Tamil Nadu


It appears as if the BJP wants to rule over the whole of India by hook or by crook. As the Governor has given sufficient time for the BJP to prove its majority for government formation, one need not imagine what can happen. Finally, reaching out to the judiciary seems to have become the norm for parties that face a fractured mandate.

Harvinder Singh Chugh,

Jalandhar, Punjab

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