Aditya Thackeray, leader of the Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray faction, is on a one-day Bihar tour today (Wednesday, 23 November). He is meeting RJD leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav in Patna today. Speculation is rife in political circles about this meeting. It is being said that this is an initiative from the Maharashtra side to give a national alternative to the BJP government led by PM Narendra Modi at the Centre. But the Shiv Sena's Shinde faction is telling something else as the reason for this.
Eknath Shinde faction's so-called Chanakya leader Naresh Mhaske told a gathering in Thane on Tuesday that Aditya Thackeray's visit to Bihar was due to the upcoming BMC elections and the presence of a large number of North Indians, especially Biharis. Gone is the bet. Naresh Mhaske raises the question that Tejashwi Yadav's father Lalu Yadav was always critical of Balasaheb Thackeray. What helplessness has come today that his grandson Aditya Thackeray has to go to Bihar to meet Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav?
Why did Thackeray deny having an agenda, then why is he desperate to meet Tejashwi?
Aditya Thackeray responded to BJP on this criticism of the Shinde group before leaving for the Bihar tour today. He said that those who befriended TDP and Mehbooba Mufti should not teach us a lesson why should we go to meet them? Aditya Thackeray also said that there is no need to run more brains during his Bihar tour. He and Tejashwi Yadav are our age. Talking often on the phone. There are many issues including the environment in the discussion. They are not going to meet him under any agenda. Many issues can be discussed.
Attacking the BJP, Aditya Thackeray said that a cabinet meeting was going to be held in Maharashtra today. But it has been canceled because the leaders here are busy with the Gujarat elections. Time and again Maharashtra is being ignored because of Gujarat and we are being asked why are we going to Bihar.
Everyone used to come to Matoshree to meet Thackeray, Thackeray goes out of Matoshree to meet everyone
The Shinde faction also says that the Thackeray faction always accuses them that CM Eknath Shinde going to Delhi to bow before the Delhi lords on every matter. Why is Aditya Thackeray going to meet the leader of another state? It should have happened that Tejashwi Yadav would have come to Matoshree Bungalow in Mumbai and met Aditya Thackeray. In fact, Naresh Mhaske's reference is to the fact that Balasaheb Thackeray never used to meet anyone, while Aditya recently went out of Matoshree to join Rahul's Bharat Jodo Yatra, is now going to Bihar to meet Tejashwi.
'Going to Bihar to meet Tejashwi, what can be more helpless than this'
It is true that when people from Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Rajnath Singh came to Mumbai to meet Balasaheb, they used to go to the 'Matoshree' bungalow. Even when Michael Jackson visited Mumbai, Javed Miandad also went to meet Balasaheb Thackeray at his private residence Matoshree. But today the situation has come that Aditya is going to meet Tejashwi. Tejashwi is not coming to meet Aditya.
Aditya-Tejashwi will prepare an alternative against PM Modi's BJP.
Aditya Thackeray also participated in Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra. Now let's go to meet Tejashwi. Sanjay Raut told the media yesterday and said the same today that a strong alliance is needed against the Narendra Modi-led BJP on the national stage. In such a situation, Aditya Thackeray is taking the initiative to meet the youth leadership of the country, who have the potential and the ability to infuse new energy in preparing an alternative. Tejashwi Yadav of Bihar, Akhilesh Yadav of Uttar Pradesh, and Abhishek Banerjee of West Bengal are important among the names that Sanjay Raut took in his interaction with the media.
National option far fetched, election for BMC coming in front
But the Shinde group finds this argument superficial. According to him, this can also be a motive, but it cannot be a close and important motive. The argument of the Shinde group is that the opinion of the people who believe in Balasaheb Thackeray has been divided. Earlier some went with Raj Thackeray, now many voters have come with the Shinde faction. That is, the voters who are attracted to the ideas of Balasaheb and influenced by the Marathi manoos have been divided into three parts. While BMC is the breath and last hope of Shiv Sena's Thackeray faction. That's why this tour is an attempt to find new voters.
BMC is the breath of the Thackeray group, the last hope
Everyone living in Maharashtra knows that BMC is the 'Red Fort' of the Shiv Sena's Thackeray faction. If this citadel is gone, then the Thackeray group will cease to exist. The expenses of Shiv Sena of the Thackeray faction will go away. It is very important to save BMC. To win BMC, BJP is gearing up with the Shinde faction. Amit Shah has specially visited Mumbai for BMC during Ganeshotsav. How serious BJP is about BMC, can be gauged from the fact that when the assembly and Delhi MCD elections are over, then BMC elections will be held and then PM Narendra Modi himself will visit Mumbai. Not only BJP, but Uddhav Thackeray himself has also been saying this in his meetings.
BMC is not just a municipal corporation, it is more important than many states
Why is BMC important for BJP? The first reason is that BMC is not just a municipal corporation. It is the richest municipal corporation in the country. Its annual budget is more than many states of the country. You should understand that from Maharashtra
There are three states inside. Being a huge state, already a large number of people in Vidarbha have been demanding to separate themselves from Maharashtra. Just as Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar, similarly the demand for a separate Vidarbha state is very old. If Vidarbha ever gets separated in the future, Nagpur will be its capital.
After this, the second state within the state is the rest of Maharashtra, and the third state is Mumbai. Although it touches the sentiments of the Marathi Manoos of Maharashtra. For this, more than a hundred people have given martyrdom in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement. The Thackeray family has played a major role in this movement to keep Mumbai in Maharashtra. But from a practical point of view, if Delhi can be a state then why not Mumbai? Well talk about this some other time, for the time being, let's return to the reasons behind Aditya-Tejashwi's meeting.
Overall, this is the bottom line, an attempt to attract Bihari voters
The power of BMC is also important for BJP because Mumbai is the gateway to Maharashtra. If BJP succeeds in getting this power, then the crisis of Shiv Sena of the Thackeray faction will deepen. After this, there will be no stake left in BJP's Hindutva politics. BJP's Hindutva is getting divided between BJP and Shiv Sena after coming to Maharashtra, this is hurting BJP. But this is also becoming the reason for the tension in the Thackeray group. As long as the Thackeray faction stayed with the BJP. The voters of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and other Hindi states continued with the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. Now there is a situation of confusion for these voters. In such a situation, Aditya Thackeray's Bihar tour is an attempt to woo the voters of Bihar-Uttar Pradesh.
Will Tejashwi be able to help the Thackeray group in dealing with the challenge of breaking away from the BJP?
It is a fact that the number of Marathi-speaking voters in Mumbai is no longer as dominant as before. The number of people coming from outside Mumbai has increased rapidly in the last 15 years. A large number of Marathi-speaking people have sold their lands in Mumbai and migrated to the surrounding areas or to their villages. The Thackeray group also has an idea that it is not possible to win over the Gujarati-Marwari voters from the BJP.