Thirty-eight MLAs, led by Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde, raised the banner against Chief Minister Uttam Thackeray. They were staying at a hotel in Guwahati, Assam. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today directed Chief Minister Uttam Thackeray to seek a vote of confidence in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
The apex court dismissed the petition and ordered a confidence vote. Following this, Uttam Thackeray resigned as Chief Minister last night. A BJP coalition government will be formed with Shiv Sena disgruntled MLAs.
Uttam Thackeray has also resigned as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. That means he is not going to come into the legislature for now. In that case, Uttam Thackeray, who claims to have stabbed himself in the back, is unlikely to do serious politics as the leader of the opposition.
Is Aditya Thackeray the next leader?
Thus everyone’s attention has turned to his son and the next generation leader of the Shiv Sena, Aditya Thackeray. Although the strength of the Shiv Sena in the current Aditya Thackeray Assembly has waned as the party’s youth leader, the question has arisen as to whether he, who is a member of Worli’s legislature, will act as the aggressive, responsible opposition leader.
He is also responsible for leading the party in this year’s Mumbai municipal elections. This will be a fiery test for him. 32-year-old Aditya Thackeray is the 3rd generation leader in the family. But he was the first family member to run in the election and meet the people and win.
His grandfather Paul Thackeray was the leader of the Shiv Sena but did not contest any election and hold any office. His father, Uttam Thackeray, was the chief minister but did not meet the people and was only a member of the legislature. He has also resigned from it now.
Aditya Thackeray has the opportunity to lead the party volunteers on the basis that he is the main voter of the Shiv Sena, the people of the state and the landlord. But he said the Shiv Sena would lose the multi-stakeholder, non-Marathi voter base living in a city like Mumbai.
In retrospect, many say it was wrong for both Uttam and Aditya to be part of the Congress coalition government. The strength of the Shiv Sena is the party structure. It needs an organizer. But instead the party has gone out of their control as father and son sit in the post of chief minister and minister.
The party volunteers and Thackeray’s family loyalists want Aditya Thackeray to lead his party to develop its influence. Senior Shiv Sena leaders say Aditya has a chance to build the organization from the grassroots.
Aditya can work among the exploited and neglected sections like agricultural workers, marginal farmers, informal sector workers. But the question is whether he is willing to work hard. The Shiv Sena Volunteers Organization and its workers are parallel to the struggle. They are the biggest asset to the party, but they also want a leader who will support their work and create an environment where they can get it done.
What is the BJP going to do?
There is also the question of what the BJP, which has the image of being a party dominated by non-Maharashtrians and business interests, is going to do. In fact, the BJP is an organization that endangers the existence of the Shiv Sena. Because the voters of both parties belong to the same platform. Both parties were born and raised under the banner of Hindutva.
So the BJP may try to woo Shiv Sena supporters as the grip of the Thackeray family loosens. Supporters of the Thackeray family also fear that Marathi-minded people, the mainstay of Shiv Sena politics, will be marginalized in Mumbai for a while.
Dissatisfaction will not end in the party if the Thackeray family does not tighten its grip on the Shiv Sena’s internal affairs. Aditya Thackeray is forced to further his politics.
Thackeray’s family has already been accused of being inaccessible, leaving volunteers behind and surrounded by a mob blocking access to volunteers. Aditya Thackeray, like his grandfather, the late Shiv Sena leader Paul Thackeray, should start a dialogue with the volunteers. Shiv Sena volunteers are demanding that he face the challenge of overcoming his close circle.
But it is not an easy task. Aditya Thackeray must transcend the culture of Durbar politics that emerged in the Shiv Sena. There is also an urgent need for him to realize that the party system is once again beginning to function vigorously.
A senior Shiv Sena leader from Mumbai said, “The departure of the Thackeray family from the Maharashtra government will help re-mobilize Shiv Sena volunteers and its voters. Aditya Thackeray, though young, has experience of being a member of the state administration. This will guide him on how to proceed in the party from now on, ”he said.
Aditya Thackeray is interested in international affairs. Growing up in a comfortable family background in urban areas his nature has always been to express the upper middle family attraction. His circle of friends is young people from wealthy families in Mumbai.
People close to Aditya Thackeray say he has always been very interested in British politics. How far is it possible for someone with such an intention to understand Indian politics and focus on cultivating the roots of the Shiv Sena? Critics also put the question. Only time can tell.