Uddhav Thackeray : The place is the same, the meeting is the same..but the situation is serious…will Uddhav’s cannon fire like five years ago?

Uddhav Thackeray : In the background of the unprecedented rebellion in Shiv Sena and the Mumbai Municipal Election (BMC Election 2022) today at Nesco Maidan in Goregaon, Mumbai A gathering of Shiv Sena group leaders has been organized. Many people are paying attention to what Uddhav Thackeray will say in this gathering. Uddhav Thackeray was able to achieve the alchemy he achieved through his speech at the meeting of group leaders five years ago, many people are also paying attention to whether he will do the same alchemy again. 

Maharashtra The alliance between Shiv Sena and BJP broke in the 2014 assembly elections. Then after the election result, BJP established the power in the state. Six months later Shiv Sena also came to power along with BJP. However, Shiv Sena was seen playing a secondary role in the then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s government.

What happened five years ago?

Other municipal elections including Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali were important for the Shiv Sena, which has a secondary role in the state government. The alliance between Shiv Sena and BJP was underway for the Mumbai municipal elections. However, the BJP had insisted on the allocation of seats based on the 2014 assembly elections. Accordingly, BJP had demanded 114 seats in Mumbai. So, Shiv Sena offered 60 seats. Both the parties had quarreled over the issue of seat allocation. BJP was determined to win the Mumbai Municipal Corporation. So, Shiv Sena had expressed its determination to win again in any situation. Shiv Sena announced that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will take the final decision regarding the alliance with a few days left for the municipal elections. Then on 27th January 2017, a gathering of Shiv Sainiks was held at Nesco Maidan in Goregaon. 

What did Uddhav Thackeray say?

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray gave an aggressive speech at a gathering of Shiv Sena group leaders in Mumbai. In this speech, he strongly criticized the BJP. In 1997, 2003, 2007, 2012, the Shiv Sena had won the municipal elections on the strength of its work. Uddhav also said that the Shiv Sena had supported the BJP in the alliance in the 2012 elections. 

Uddhav also said that Shiv Sainik works hard for Mumbaikars, performs and achieves victory. Uddhav asked on what basis more seats should be given to BJP. He told the BJP that we are asking for seats on the strength of the work we have done, not asking for seats by slapping. 

25 years in alliance

Uddhav Thackeray had severely criticized the BJP in his speech at Nesco five years ago. Uddhav asked that if you want the prime minister of the country, want the chief ministership of the state, want good accounts and now you are trying to hurt our roots by entering my house, will you wave your pancharati? Uddhav Thackeray had also made a big statement that Shiv Sena’s 25 years of alliance was rotten. For the sake of the country, for Hindutva, we have sacrificed you. Helped you in Amrathi dominated areas in Mumbai. In this speech, Uddhav had also said that it is our stand that there should be no division in Hindu opinion. Uddhav Thackeray had said that he will not bow down to anyone, he will not carry the bowl for the alliance. Uddhav’s aggressive speech gave a picture of enthusiasm among Shiv Sainiks in Mumbai. 

Now the situation is more serious

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in his speech five years ago, while announcing that he would contest elections on his own, had said that we need coal-fired soldiers, not Shiv Sainiks from Astana. Back stabbers, rebels were said not to be wanted. Now five years later, a lot of water has flown under the bridge. Mahavikas Aghadi was experimented in the state. Uddhav Thackeray also became the Chief Minister of the state. Two and a half years after Mavia, Eknath Shinde’s rebellion caused a big split in the Shiv Sena. There is a possibility of a vertical conflict between Shiv Sena and Shinde group in the state. 

Will Uddhav’s speech change the picture?

Uddhav Thackeray made moderate speeches when he was the Chief Minister. Now he does not have the post of Chief Minister. So once again Uddhav Thackeray will make an aggressive speech from the role of the party chief, many people are paying attention. The court battle continues after the Shiv Sena rebellion. On the other hand, the Shiv Sena leadership has suggested avoiding street clashes. Today, there will be a meeting of group leaders in Mumbai. The group leader is an important factor in the organizational structure of Shiv Sena. Group leaders have responsibility for at least 20 Shiv Sainiks. Therefore, if the group leader is more active, the Shiv Sainik will also be active. In this background, the attention of political circles is also on whether Uddhav will regain the confidence he brought to the Shiv Sainiks through his speech five years ago. 

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