Who would have ever thought a month ago, that Uddhav Thackeray – a man not even in the fray for polls, would end up becoming the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Devendra Fadnavis would become the second shortest serving Chief Minister in India’s history. Call it karma, fate, fall of arrogance but what has happened in Maharashtra is more than that. As dots are being connected one after the other, insiders say Devendra Fadnavis has become a classic example of a new differences brewing between India’s most powerful duo – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
BJP – SHIV SENA FAILED TO HAVE AN ALLIANCE DESPITE A CLEAR MANDATE
It all started with the Shiv Sena and BJP given a clear people’s mandate to form the government in Maharashtra, but ambitions of each took the better off the other as also failure of not putting a clear strategy of the alliance in place prior to the polls. The outcome was – some blamed BJP, some Shiv Sena while some blamed both for not respecting the people’s mandate. But not many know that what happened in Maharashtra was an outcome of what had been sowed in Delhi.
PM NARENDRA MODI’S BLUE EYED BOY DEVENDRA FADNAVIS VERSUS AMIT SHAH’S CONFIDANTE CHANDRAKANT PATIL
As PM Narendra Modi believed in Devendra Fadnavis as the right man to lead BJP in Maharashtra, sources in BJP say that it got in Devendra Fadnavis’ head. So much that in all his tenure as Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis was known to ignore the then BJP President Amit Shah. What Devendra Fadnavis failed to see was that while Prime Minister Modi commands the BJP, its Amit Shah who is the top strategist and Devendra Fadnavis ended being in the bad books of Amit Shah.
AMIT SHAH TOOK ON HIS EGO TO REPLACE DEVENDRA FADNAVIS WITH CHANDRAKANT PATIL
When Raosaheb Danve resigned as Maharashtra BJP President saying that his hands were full with a state ministry and a cabinet Minister Chandrakant Patil replaced him, everyone knew it was Amit Shah pulling the strings. Not many know that Chandrakant Patil hails from Kolhapur which is Amit Shah’s “sasural.” Evidently, a cold war of supremacy ensued between Devendra Fadnavis and Chandrakant Patil.
DEVENDRA FADNAVIS’ POOR PERFORMANCE IN ASSEMBLY POLLS SHOCKED PM MODI
It is said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was utterly shocked to see the results in Maharashtra assembly elections. Despite massive opposition to Devendra Fadnavis in BJP both in Maharashtra and by Amit Shah, he was on his side throughout. From allotting candidature to candidates to “forcing” Chandrakant Patil to contest from a tough constituency like Kothrud – every decision of Devendra Fadnavis was not questioned only because of the trust and faith PM Modi had placed in him. However when Chandrakant Patil won from Kothrud, and BJP got 105 seats only, it was bigger victory of team Amit Shah & Chandrakant Patil versus Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Devendra Fadnavis.
AMIT SHAH WAS A SILENT SPECTATOR DURING MAHARASHTRA POST POLL RESULTS DRAMA
The speculations were further endorsed as Amit Shah remained a silent spectator as Shiv Sena’s ambitions of having their Chief Minister rose to an all new level. PM Modi distanced himself too from Devendra Fadnavis’ battle to retain Maharashtra and as a result no senior BJP leader came to his rescue.
ED NOTICE GAVE SHARAD PAWAR’S NCP A NEW LEASE OF LIFE
Everyone knows that the ED notice gave Sharad Pawar a new lease of life. So much that the NCP’s number jumped from the expected 18 to 54 while Congress, that many said will be finished in Maharashtra, rode on Sharad Pawar’s back to get 44. While it became apparent soon, that it was Shiv Sena that became kingmaker. If they went with BJP, they would form government and if they went with Congress and NCP, they would form government. It was here that Sharad Pawar played what he is best at – politics. He started fanning the ambitions of Shiv Sena to have its own CM to such levels that there were no returning back.
THE AJIT PAWAR ALLIANCE MADE DEVENDRA FADNAVIS THE BIGGEST LOSER IN MAHARASHTRA POLLS
Then came the Ajit Pawar debacle. Devendra Fadnavis again convinced PM Modi that they should align with Ajit Pawar, PM Modi relented even as Amit Shah continue to remain back seat. The night of November 22 and early morning of November 23, Prime Minister Modi’s office to President’s office all were used to form a new government. Though all legal, the moral grounds of this was questioned. Within 80 hours, Sharad Pawar saw the opportunity in his hand and post the Supreme Court order, Devendra Fadnavis was compelled to resign. So while not illegal, immorally PM office to President’s office were used to make this happen 80 hours the government lasted. The Maratha strong man ensured Devendra Fadnavis officially became the biggest loser in the battle for Maharashtra. So much that now his own party men are either laughing at Devendra Fadnavis or betting that he will not make a comeback in the party, as reins are expected to pass on from PM Modi to Amit Shah ahead of next polls.
As Uddhav Thackeray will take other as the first Thackeray Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis perhaps will get a lot of time to ponder upon all the decisions that he either would wish he hadn’t taken or taken with wisdom, and perhaps most importantly had remained humble and grounded instead of letting arrogance and power go in his head. While on the other hand, the Devendra Fadnavis debacle is now being seen as the official beginning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi versus Amit Shah’s battle for supremacy. #ZebaWarsia – NMTV News.