The ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday lost its oldest and the only major Hindutva ally as the Shiv Sena, after its partner decided to walk out of the Narendra Modi Government.
The decision to snap ties followed after the recent 2019 assembly election results, with the Sena accusing the BJP of breaking “promise” of equal division of power in the state.
The BJP has asserted that it had never agreed to share the post of chief minister, as claimed by Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
With the departure of the Sena, the ruling Modi Government loses support of 18 members in the Lok Sabha, but his won’t make a much difference as the BJP alone has 303 members in the 543 member house.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see if secular parties like the Congress would use the opportunity to support the Hindutva party like the Sena, just to keep BJP away from power.
In the previous assembly elections in 2014, the Sena joined the BJP as junior partners after the BJP won more seats and second, the cloud of Mr. Modi becoming the Prime Minister with a thumping majority overshadowed negotiations. However, its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ continued to be critical of the Narendra Modi and his party – the BJP all this while.