Asaram Lomte, Loksatta
Parbhani : Although Mahavikas Aghadi are in power in the state, the unity of both the Shiv Sena and the Congress is not seen at the local level. This is especially true in the context of the upcoming local body elections. Shiv Sena dominance in the Lok Sabha and NCP power in Zilla Parishad has been the image of recent years. In the upcoming elections, there will be curiosity as to how the equation of Shiv Sena and NCP in Mahavikas Aghadi will remain in Parbhani district.
Each party wants to strengthen its position in the context of local body elections. Although three parties are in power in the state, local body elections in the district will be held separately. They are less likely to be fought through Mahavikas Aghadi.
The equations of local politics are different. Furthermore, political activists from each party have ambitions. For many days they have been forming fronts in their respective neighborhoods or Zilla Parishad groups. All steps are taken in the same direction. In Parbhani Municipal Corporation too, Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena and BJP will contest the elections separately. In Parbhani, the NCP has given the position of chairman of the city district to Pratap Deshmukh and assigned him the responsibility. This is also part of the front line in the upcoming municipal elections.
The power struggle between Shiv Sena and NCP continues in the district. Both parties are against each other At the village level, workers from both parties are fighting each other for their leader. The NCP has the upper hand over the local autonomous bodies and the Shiv Sena saffron is flocking to the Lok Sabha. This has been a tradition for many years. The recently expired Zilla Parishad was under the control of the NCP. As such, partisanship is an occasional topic of discussion in the Parbhani district. Wealthy politicians from all walks of life in the district are cooperating with each other. Unwritten agreements have been made about who and where to cooperate and whose interests will be protected in return. Consequently, all political compromises are made.
The calculations of the Assembly are even different. This is Shiv Sena’s fight against the Congress. The Mahavikas Aghadi political parties of today have been fighting each other at the local level for the last few years. The Parbhani assembly constituency has been under Shiv Sena control for the past three decades. While facing Shiv Sena, the Congress party did many experiments till date. However, Congress was unable to penetrate this army stronghold. When there is religious polarization after the Congress put forward a Muslim candidate, the Shiv Sena propagates ‘Khan Hawa Ki Baan’. The Congress also put forward Hindu candidates to slow down the campaign, but the Shiv Sena often played the role of putting forward an effective Muslim candidate in the electoral field. Although the Sena-BJP candidates fought independently in the last election, the Shiv Sena remained strong.
History of the conflict: After the rule of Mahavikas Aghadi, the governing body of the Jintur Agricultural Produce Market Committee came under the supervision of the NCP workers. The Sanjay Jadhav jewels had begun. He had sent his resignation to the head of the party, Uddhav Thackeray. In fact, it became clear that the resignation was simply an attempt to get the party leadership to show their discontent and draw the leadership’s attention. With the appointment of the Board of Governors in the district market committees expired, the political parties of the Mahavikas Aghadi began to quarrel. Especially between Shiv Sena and NCP. The Board of Governors of the Selu Market Committees, Jintur, had once again started an infighting between the NCP and the Shiv Sena. The rift between NCP and Shiv Sena may break out again. In the future, it is more likely that we will see other forms of fighting against NCP and Shiv Sena. Although the Mahavikas Aghadi government was created, there is no sign of NCP and Shiv Sena coming together in the district. History has shown that the Lok Sabha is at loggerheads with both parties.
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