It’s perhaps the lowest of lows in Maharashtra politics; the fall from grace, party ideologies and moral values for political parties. As the Congress and NCP shrink with each day, the BJP and Shiv Sena is getting bloated with the weight of rebel NCP and Congress leaders. And in the backdrop of this, the top leadership of all parties have ensued in bitter war of words.
Sharad Pawar has never shown his frustration so publicly like he did recently when a question from one reporter irked Sharad Pawar. This happened in the backdrop of two close relatives of NCP President Sharad Pawar – Padamsinh Patil and his son Ranajagajit Sinh Patil announced that they have decided to join the BJP. Padamsinh Patil a former Minister and senior NCP leader whose sister is married to Sharad Pawars’s nephew Ajit Pawar has been quite close to Sharad Pawar for a number of years. The news of the father son duo is yet another major setback to NCP. It was in reference to this incident that all witnessed an outburst from Sharad Pawar who seldom loses his cool. When a reporter questioned him about his relative Padamsinh’s exit from the party, he got angry and questioned what is the connection of family and politics.
Sharad Pawar’s public outburst was a sign of the frustration building within NCP and its top leadership. It brought to the mind, the words of State BJP President Chandrakant Patil who during a Lok Sabha campaign had made a strong statement that Sharad Pawar will pay for his sins in this lifetime itself.
In another major setback for NCP ahead of assembly polls, the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police filed an FIR against NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in the multi-crore Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank scam case that is spread across the bank’s units in 34 districts in the state. Subsequently, the Supreme Court has declined to quash the investigation against him. This has put Ajit Pawar in the back foot and has seen Supriya Sule taking the centre stage for NCP as state elections draws closer. She has already launched a scathing attack on the BJP in state led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis questioning what kind of “washing powder” was BJP using to clean the rebel Congress and NCP leaders before inducting them in their party.
She added that no matter who wins assembly elections, leaders of Congress and NCP would form the ruling front government.
The CM was quick to retort saying that atleast Supriya Sule has accepted that NCP needs to be cleaned off corruption and added that BJP, under PM Modi does not need washing powders as it has the chemical power of progress.
He further taunted Surpiya Sule to introspect why their party leaders had lost faith in Sharad Pawar.
While Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is a master of words and one can believe him that they will not allow corrupt practice to flourish in BJP through so called “corrupt” leaders being inducted every other day, yet the mass exodus into BJP and Shiv Sena is being seen as being “double faced” by citizens all over and more so by followers of BJP and Shiv Sena both.
Another new phenomenon that has re-coursed political games in Maharashtra is “emotional blackmailing” through father-son relationships. The trend that started ahead of Lok Sabha polls with Congress’s Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil-Sujay Vikhe Patil & NCP’s Vijay Mohite-Patil-Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil has continued into the assembly elections as well. In closed door confessions, fathers reportedly say they are helpless because their sons have chosen to switch loyalties. In fact Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, in one such induction ceremony of rebel Congress NCP MLAs had said that they take the sons because they know that their fathers will have to follow their sons into BJP eventually.
But the situation couldn’t be better summed up than what NCP leader Supriya Sule said when she taunted the sons of NCP and Congress for making their fathers change ideologies of 40 years. She said these sons are compelling their fathers to do “mujra” in front of much junior leaders run BJP party.
Political opportunism refers to the attempt to maintain political support, or increase political influence, in a way which disregards relevant ethical or political principles. Never before has one seen this to such extreme levels as one sees now in Maharashtra. This was best described by Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. In a program aired on a news channel recently, Nitin Gadkari mocked rebelling leaders as being those who follow no ideologies and taunted that “Neither leftists, nor rightists, these leaders are known opportunists.”
Unfortunately, this era of “politics of opportunists”, has brought a new low in politics in the state of Maharashtra. #ZebaWarsia for NMTV News.