Maharashtra: Shiv Sena played the game a bit too long, took the fight a bit too far

Inset pic: Dr Sandeep Shastri

New Delhi, Nov 11: The impasse in Maharashtra continues and the ball today is in the court of the Shiv Sena. The party has been invited by the Governor, to form the government after the BJP said on Sunday that it did not have the required numbers.

If the Shiv Sena decides to form the government, then it basically means that there would be a three-party government which would include the NCP and the Congress. But has the Shiv Sena played its cards well?
It now appears as though the strategy is more about keeping the BJP at bay. The negative glue brings you together, but can the positive glue hold you together.

OneIndia caught up with India’s leading political scientist, Dr Sandeep Shastri to understand the dynamic in Maharashtra.

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BJP delays meeting Governor, waits response from Shiv Sena

devendra-fadnavisNew Delhi, Nov 07: A breakthrough in Maharashtra in unlikely to take place today. The BJP is likely to delay meeting the Governor and would instead wait for the Shiv Sena to respond.

The BJP was scheduled to meet the Governor today and stake a claim to form the government. On the other hand, the Shiv Sena has called for a meeting of its MLAs. On Wednesday, ministers of the BJP and Shiv Sena met for the first time after the results of the Maharashtra Assembly elections were declared.

Haryana: Khattar to stay as CM as BJP on course to form government

khattar-1New Delhi, Oct 25: The BJP fell short by 6 seats in Haryana, but the party may still make remain in the hot seat. When the party fell short, there was speculation rife that Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar may be dropped.

However, both Narendra Modi and Amit Shah made it clear that it would be Khattar who would head the state.

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Maharashtra-Haryana elections: Why everything seems to be favouring the BJP

BJP rally in Maharashtra. Inset pic: Dr Sandeep Shastri

New Delhi, Oct 10: The lack of enthusiasm that one sees around both the Maharashtra and Haryana elections gives the indication that it could be a one-sided affair. All pollsters have already said that the assembly elections in both states would see the BJP emerging as a winner.

The lack of leadership and infighting within the opposition have only been added advantages for the BJP, which also is riding high on its 2019 momentum. Leading psephologist, Dr Sandeep Shastri tells OneIndia that the BJP and its allies have a clear advantage in both Maharashtra as well as Haryana.

Maharashtra, Haryana polls: Why BJP won’t change its two minority CM candidates

khattar-fadnavisNew Delhi, Sep 23: This time, both Maharashtra and Haryana will go to polls knowing fully well who the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate would be. In the 2014, there was a lot of guess work regarding who the candidates would be.

Devendra Fadnavis who belongs to the Brahmin community and Manohar Lal Khattar, who hails from the Punjabi community are the CM candidates for Maharashtra and Haryana respectively.

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Article 370 scrapped is a tribute by BJP to its founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee

syama prasad mookerjeeNew Delhi, Aug 05: For the BJP and the RSS, today is an emotional day. The Centre announced the scrapping of Article 370.

For the BJP, its link to Jammu and Kashmir begins with its founder, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, who was once a part of the Jawaharlal Nehru cabinet.

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BJP to hold ‘urgent’ meeting of its core group from J&K today

New Delhi, July 30: The BJP will hold a key meeting of its core group from Jammu and Kashmir today.

The urgent meeting to be held today comes amidst growing uncertainty in the state after the Centre rushed additional forces.

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Karnataka: Why the BJP is in no hurry to stake a claim to form government

Bengaluru, July 25: The coalition has fallen and all eyes are on the BJP in Karnataka. While there has been talk that the BJP under the leadership of B S Yeddyurappa will stake a claim to form the government, there has been no movement on that front.

On Wednesday, it was rumoured that Yeddyurappa would meet the Governor to stake a claim, following which he would be sworn in on Thursday.

Yeddyurappa set to become CM, but how will tide over the rebel headache

yeddyurappa_350_110812071234Bengaluru, July 24: It is almost certain that B S Yeddyurappa would stake a claim to form the government. He has however said that before he takes any decision, he would consult with the party leadership.

For now, Yeddyurappa has the numbers, but his biggest challenge would be to accommodate the rebels. In the long list list of aspirants, 30 are former ministers. In addition to this there are 15 rebels and two independents.

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Magic number 109 in Karnataka: If resignations are accepted coalition would have just 101

kumaraswamyNew Delhi, July 15: The suspense has finally ended and the H D Kumaraswamy government would face a trust vote on Thursday at 11 am. The government faces a trust vote after 16 MLAs resigned. If the 16 resignations are accepted, then the strength of the house comes down to 209. In this case, the Congress and JD(S) would need the backing of 105 MLAs to remain in power. If the resignations are accepted then the JD(S)-Congress government would have the backing of just 101 MLAs.

The BJP on the other hand on its own has 105 MLAs. It also has the backing of two independent MLAs, who had quit the government and promised support to the saffron party.

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