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BJP-Shiv Sena Ghulam Ali stand-off: Why differences between them may increase

The saffron allies are battling for electoral one-upmanship ahead of local bodies elections.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Published: October 9, 2015 6:27 pm
  Ghulam Ali, ghulam ali concert, ghulam ali mumbai concert, ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, ghulam ali shiv sena, shiv sena ghulam ali, ghulam ali mumbai, Ghulam Ali in Delhi, Ghulam Ali Delhi concert, Shiv Sena News, India News On the Ghulam Ali concert, the saffron coalition was vertically divided.

The Shiv Sena’s decision to revive its anti-Pakistan and pro-Marathi plank ahead of the local bodies elections in Maharashtra is to reaffirm its identity as the major regional party. Secondly, the Shiv Sena, worried by the applause Prime Minister Narendra Modi received abroad, wants to occupy centre stage by whipping up a “hard Hindutva” agenda.

In the last one year there have been a dozen critical emotive issues where both parties took their battle to streets. The Sena’s decision to oppose the meat ban in Mumbai during the “paryushan” Jain festival, was to consolidate the support of 26 per cent Maharashtrians who constitute their traditional vote bank in Mumbai. The anti-Modi bashing by the Sena is to polarise the Marathi versus Gujarati divide which has its roots in the creation of Maharashtra and Gujarat in 1960.

On the Ghulam Ali concert, the saffron coalition was vertically divided. While the BJP supported the concert, the Sena enforced the ban. The Shiv Sena’s decision to ban the Ghulam Ali concert was a calculated move to send a strong signal to its anti-Pakistan constituents not only in Maharashtra but across India. The Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray is trying to project the party as the real custodian of “hard Hindutva” when it comes to taking Pakistan head-on.

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The BJP and the Shiv Sena are inter-dependent when it comes to running the coalition government in Maharashtra. The support of the Shiv Sena MLAs (63) is critical for the BJP (122 MLAs) to retain the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra. Therefore, there is no ambiguity about the BJP-Sena coalition when it comes to the government.

The bigger battle is on street.

The Shiv Sena faces its biggest ever challenge in local bodies elections in Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation to be held on November 1. The Sena which rules the KDMC, fears an electoral setback could cast its shadow on the Brihammumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls scheduled for early 2017. The Sena has ruled the big budget BMC (Rs 35,000 crore) for the last 17 years.

After the electoral success in the Lok Sabha and assembly elections, the BJP sees a golden opportunity to check the Sena in Mumbai– the power centre of the Thackerays. The BJP has trained its guns on the Sena’s mismanagement during 17 years rule in BMC.

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  1. B
    Oct 9, 2015 at 7:39 pm
    Indian Govt should ban all such money senas. There is no Ram or Ravana in the country, all are ruled by such moneys these days.
    1. S
      Oct 9, 2015 at 11:07 pm
      sena can not come to power in maharashtra on their own they have limited takes inn and around mumbai only they can not adjust with any body.udav is not balasahib
      1. V
        Oct 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm
        Where is the BJP acting against Janab Ali? The headline should read Sena differences with Janab Ali.
        1. F
          Oct 10, 2015 at 3:50 am
          What do you feel about one Indian soldier dying every couple of days due to stan sponsored terrorism? Are you not angry about this? Has Gulam Ali or any stani artist protested about their Government sponsored terrorism? Our artists like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle were never given visas to stan by Pak government. Did Gulam Ali or other artists in stan ever protested about this?
          1. R
            Rangaesh Gadasalli
            Oct 9, 2015 at 9:07 pm
            stan had not given Visas to Smt LataG and Jagjit SinghG for many years. The artists in Pak also asked the govt to give visas. But the govt prevailed. When Finally Jagjit SinghG got the Visa to visit the Ghazal maestro Mehdi Han Saheb, he performed and collected money and he alsp gave substantial amount of money to the celerated singer as a mark of respect. Sena may have used this incident to show the BJP that they are more patriotic than the BJP and they are the real king makers in Mumbai. They got their faces smashed when they refused to respect the sentiments of Jains in Maharashtra, who are part of Sanathan dharma of this ancient Bharath. They will continue to give pin pricks to BJP govt and they want a midterm election so that they can form their own govt. They are dreaming and that will never happen as they refuse to respect nationalist minded minorities also. news papers are saying that Javed Miandad had visited Matoshri after Mumbai blasts! what is there to say about ShivSena? they are totally exposed. BJP leaders made Ghulam Ali Saheb Perform bhajans at Sankat Morchan Mandir in Varanasi. which is better?
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