The Tiger is the fiercest creature of the Felidae (Cat) family.
The people of Maharashtra witnessed a powerful tiger stride over its political scene for decades under the leadership of the Late Balasaheb Thackeray.
The demise of the Balasaheb Thackeray signalled the end of an era in Maharastra politics whereby the spirit of the tiger became extinct.
I was a huge admirer of the Balasaheb Thackeray when he was alive and continue to be an admirer even now.
I often read about his life and I am at awe at the respect he commanded rising from obscurity to greatness by sheer grit and conviction in his beliefs.
Unfortunately for the people of Maharashtra, Balasaheb Thackeray left behind a legacy that are more pussycats than tigers, although they come from the Felidae family.
It is sad that on the Death Anniversary of Balasaheb Thackeray I have to firmly and sternly state neither Uddhav (Balasaheb’s son) nor Aditya (Balasaheb’s grandson) have the grit or conviction of beliefs to tide over Maharashtra politics.
If they did, they would have been winning elections in the state, single-handedly and not dependent on an alliance with a national party. They cannot even win a majority in Maharashtra on their own.
BJP is literally the younger brother in Maharashtra compared to Shiv Sena, in years, of political machinations and political hold in the state. But it is BJP today that holds the fort in Maharashtra because Shiv Sena has allowed itself to comfortably sit on the laurels of Balasaheb Thackeray and not create a distinct identity for the new leaders – Uddhav and Aaditya.
The leadership qualities that Uddhav and Aaditya display are akin to traits seen in the dynastic politics of the other political parties in India – privilege without merit and honour without valour.
This is egged on by the sycophancy of second-rung political leaders and supporters who are butt-lickers with no real intent of growth of their leaders or their party just their own personal – political and financial survival.
Shiv Sena is not a good administrator of governance.
The failure in the effective functioning of BMC for years, exposes the lack in administrative qualities of the political leaders of Shiv Sena.
Right now, Shiv Sena as party, is like a decorated showpiece in the mall of Maharashtra politics riding on the legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray – a well manicured and dressed up pussycat that hobnobs with film stars and objects to metros coming up in Mumbai without understanding the importance or technology.
Uddhav desires to be Chief Minister of Maharashtra at least once in his life because he promised Balasaheb Thackeray that he would make a Shiv Sainik a Chief Minister of Maharashtra someday soon.
That is his only desire. There is no drive or intent to serve the people, just a desire sit on the CM’s chair. If it was his intent, he should have gone to the people with the desire to be the CM during the elections.
The greed in Uddhav got stirred when he saw a glimmer of hope that BJP did not get the majority numbers needed to form the government on their own and could only cross that magic 145 number with Shiv Sena’s help.
Uddhav also saw that Congress and NCP pre-election alliance had almost the similar seats that BJP had and it too would require Shiv Sena’s help to be a part of the government in Maharashtra.
Instead of becoming the kingmaker, Uddhav has decided to become the king.
In their initial discussions with BJP, they wanted to propel Aaditya Thackeray to a Deputy CM position. That plan changed and the greed in Uddhav Thackeray over took the experience that Aaditya Thackeray would get being a Deputy CM under BJP Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
If you study the campaign of Shiv Sena, even the discussions off their leaders and spokespersons on TV, it was to push Aaditya to either a Deputy CM or CM position. Uddhav Thackeray was never in the race.
I remember speaking a senior leader of Shiv Sena just before the election result were to be announced, where he told me that Shiv Sena will cross 100 seats and Aaditya will be CM or Deputy CM, because he has great following among the youth in Maharashtra and we need young leaders. As an example, he asked me to look at his social media following. I was not sure whether I wanted to laugh or cry at this level of sycophancy.
So where is the political career of Aaditya Thackeray now. You think Congress and NCP will agree to Aaditya as CM. Never.
In fact logically speaking Uddhav Thackeray has stunted his own son Aaditya Thackeray’s political career in his desire to be CM.
I am glad BJP did not fall for to the pressure tactics of Shiv Sena or their demands of 50:50 governance post the elections even though the finer points of their alliance were discussed prior to the elections and the election was fought with Dev Fadnavis of the BJP being the Chief Minister face of the campaign.
In their desperation now for the CM position, Shiv Sena has now decided to align with Sharad Pawar of the NCP and has also decided to bow down to Congress. Without NCP and Congress, Shiv Sena cannot realise its dream of having a CM in the chair.
They say politics make strange bedfellows but its gets even stranger when a pussycat decides to get into bed with a dog and rat together.
The tiger in Shiv Sena has now become a pussycat in this alliance with Congress and NCP. This time Uddhav Thackeray will not be a showpiece in the mall of Maharashtra politics but he will evolve to a tamed entertainer in the circus called Maharashtra politics controlled by two ring masters Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar. While Aaditya Thackeray will be roaming around the Aarey Milk Colony searching for milk like a little good kitten.
For the sake of the people of Maharashtra, I pray that the tiger in Shiv Sena wakes up. Its pussyfooting with Congress and NCP will render it extinct in the nation’s politics.
On the Death Anniversary of Balasaheb Thackeray I sincerely pray for many like me, who believed in the politics of Balasaheb Thackeray that there is a resurgence of Shiv Sena in Indian politics.
Let not the spirt of the Tiger die in a desire to become a pet pussycat.