25-year-old ideological BJP-Shiv Sena alliance came to an end and was one of the biggest political shock in recent history of Indian politics. Split took place over seat issues between the two parties. No one expected the fall of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance including the members of the two concerned parties.
Everyone thought that they would come up with an agreeable solution. A political veteran called it an immature decision, he said that party elders Bal Thackeray, Pramod Mahajan and Gopinath Munde had mutual understanding, they took calculated decisions, and split would not have taken place if they were present.
According to a report the primary cause for the split was the Bhusawal assembly constituency in Jalgaon district. “We had agreed to everything, from exchange of seats to the numbers for seat sharing, but the BJP leaders were adamant that they wanted the Bhusawal seat, and we couldn’t give it to them. That one seat was the bone of contention”, a senior Shiv Sena leader said.
Things took a different note after BJP leader Eknath Khadse filed his nomination for Bhusawal assembly, after returning from Jalgaon. Decision to end the alliance was made at a meeting held at Khadse’s residence.
Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray looked sad, in series of tweets, he said : “Very sad that State BJP chose to part ways with 25 yr old ally Shiv Sena when we stuck together even in their Bure Din, unconditionally… For the last five days, I purposely chose not to comment on it, as for some State BJP leaders my age was more important thn my effort for unity. It did break the deadlock in talks but then sadly, another speed breaker… ego of vested interests saw my age than the effort. I hope the perception n importance of youth in the eyes of these some State leaders really changes, sometime soon, fr the good of the nation..For us, bigger the challenge, more the effort and victory! Every Shiv Sainik n believer of Hon’ble Balasaheb will ensure #UThaMaharashtra.”
Another Sena leader said that a BJP’s leader warned him for a split in June, but he ignored as they were in alliance for last 25 years. Split came unexpectedly leaving Shiv Sena unprepared to fight separately in the coming elections.
However, some experts believe that the split will a boon for BJP in the elections, and BJP has very fair chances of winning the elections.
But above all, we should remember one thing, this is Indian politics, we might see both the parties coming together again to make government.