Maharashtra’s political chessboard sees intense moves


In the wake of political turmoil resulting from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders joining the Maharashtra government, the state’s political landscape has undergone major shifts, marked by allegations, refutations, and intense discussions.
Recently, Maharashtra Legislative Council Deputy Chairperson and Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Neelam Gorhe joined the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction. The move, which occurred in the presence of CM Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, signifies the ongoing power shift within the party.
As the political chessboard unfolds, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut has asserted that around 17-18 MLAs from Shinde’s Shiv Sena have been in contact with his faction since the inclusion of NCP leader Ajit Pawar in the state government. His colleague and Lok Sabha MP Vinayak Raut also added that some MLAs have shown willingness to align with them.
On the other hand, Sena minister Uday Samant rebuked these claims and declared that six out of 13 MLAs from the Uddhav Thackeray faction are in touch with him, countering Raut’s allegations.
Meanwhile, amidst the MLA tug-of-war, Shinde was seen engaging in a late-night meeting with Deputy CM and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis. This, coupled with CM Shinde’s recent meeting with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray, adds another layer to the state’s political dynamics.
However, amid the political frenzy, the veterans continue to hold their ground. Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut praised NCP founder Sharad Pawar’s resilience and spirit against the ongoing revolt within his party. Pawar, despite being 82, shows unwavering commitment to his work, which Raut declared as a source of inspiration for his party members.