A month of power play, scheming and betrayal with multiple climaxes has finally reached its end as Sharad Pawar re-affirms his place in Maharashtra politics and the BJP’s architect at the center Amit Shah gets a fresh lesson and a second wake up call in less than a year.
If you pee in the wind, it comes back on your face. – That’s the lesson for BJP from the Maharashtra fiasco where a Karnataka like ploy came back to bite the saffron party and left them red-faced.
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Ajit Pawar’s hop over to the BJP in an act of overnight rebellion, almost childish denial of NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar’s stand and finally conceding defeat left people wondering if their alarm clocks should go off by 5:00 am. Indeed, no one imagined the events that took place – the unreal unprecedented new alliance (INC-NCP-Shiv Sena), and the swift change of allies by the greedy BJP.
Then there was the show of character by Shiv Sena that transcends ideological boundaries, the inspiring influence and craft of Sharad Pawar in presumably his last stint in electoral politics. And finally the déjà vu of embarrassment for BJP’s chief architect the Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
However, speculation that fuels our thoughts is the real reason behind Ajit Pawar’s unlikely support to Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP. So, did he really have a conflict with his uncle or was it a move by Sharad Pawar to masterfully checkmate Amit Shah and teach him a valuable lesson.
Ajit’s indulgence with the BJP saw him insulated from corruption cases. Furthermore, trusting his guarantee of support turned out to be damaging to BJP’s image. Likewise, the way a quick overnight power coup was attempted by revoking President’s rule at 05:47 am was unconstitutional. What conspired after that showed that BJP was one had bet on the wrong horse from the Pawar stable.
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BJP’s supreme electoral domination has been a mainstay trait in Indian political powerplay this decade. In fact, the swiftness and stealth with which the BJP performed the overnight coup shows the party had prepped up for such a turn of events early.
Which the Ajit Pawar illusion mislead BJP into unconstitutional misuse of power once again, it is a much bigger setback than Karnataka. This time the power-brokering was facilitated by the President’s and the Prime Minister’s Offices.
In Maharashtra, the President’s and the Prime Minister’s Offices facilitated the power-brokering.
So,t almost looks like a trap played out to perfection by the Pawar Clan. Once Supreme Court directed a floor test for Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar claim to have the numbers, the INC-NCP-Shiv Sena alliance just sat, smiled and watched the BJP top brass hapless and Amit Shah with no card up his sleeve.
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Within 48 hours after joining hands with Fadnavis and BJP, Pawar also secured a ‘clean-chit’ from the corruption allegations he faces for which he had to resign in 2012. The state Anti-Corruption Bureau closed nine cases in the 70,000-crore irrigation scam. Ajit Pawar the then Deputy CM was accused in a number of them.
In fact, this again puts Amit Shah and BJP’s power-grabbing techniques under a lens. The Maha experiment has turned out to be a masterplan of sorts that worked on two front’s exposing that BJP’s devious methods of procuring majority are facilitated from as high up as the President and Prime Ministers, second, it solidified a new era where saffron politics has seen perhaps the biggest and most important split between two ideological cousins in BJP and Shiv Sena that seemingly shared an eternal bond.
So, was the fiasco Sharad Pawar’s master plan by him to hit two targets with one arrow?
Sharad Pawar quickly reminded the world that he is still the final say in NCP. Ajit Pawar also made a quick u-turn and resigned. That followed a high-level meeting in the PMO between PM Modi, HM Amit Shah, and BJP president JP Nadda. Soon afterward, Devendra Fadnavis tendered his resignation.
The plan played out to perfection and INC-NCP-Shiv Sena reveled. Soon the allies were parading MLAs in a show of majority. Thereafter, the new mega alliance Maha Vikas Aghadi unanimously chose Uddhav Thackeray as their leader.
But the question remains – was Sharad Pawar aware that Ajit Pawar was jumping his ship? Or was it just borrowed time on the saffron ship for Ajit Pawar? Did the NCP supremo himself sign off on Ajit Pawar’s logbook?
So, what Amit Shah should do is marvel at Sharad Pawar’s nimble handling and the new lesson learned in Maharashtra. Letting the BJP think that ball is their court and changing the court at the last moment.