Lok Sabha Election 2024: Political Turmoil Grips Mahayuti In North Maharashtra

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Political Turmoil Grips Mahayuti In North Maharashtra

One of the epicentres of this political storm is the Nashik Lok Sabha seat, a coveted prize sought after by all three alliance partners. As negotiations unfold, the BJP's demand for the seat based on its entrenched presence in the district and city, as per a recent statement from the BJP Leader Girish Mahajan, has sparked tensions within the coalition.

Prashant NikaleUpdated: Wednesday, April 03, 2024, 01:24 PM IST
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In the heartland of North Maharashtra, the Grand Alliance, or Mahayuti, comprising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), finds itself embroiled in a maelstrom of challenges as the crucial Lok Sabha elections approach. The region, which once fervently supported the alliance, now grapples with internal discord, contentious seat allocations, and simmering dissatisfaction among the constituents. The grand alliance is facing major hurdles in almost all the major constituencies of North Maharashtra. At some constituencies, they are not getting a proper candidate, while in other places, there is internal opposition to the candidate given by the party, while the major issue of Nashik has surfaced where all three partners in politics have claimed the seat.

One of the epicentres of this political storm is the Nashik Lok Sabha seat, a coveted prize sought after by all three alliance partners. As negotiations unfold, the BJP's demand for the seat based on its entrenched presence in the district and city, as per a recent statement from the BJP Leader Girish Mahajan, has sparked tensions within the coalition. This contention has been further compounded by the entry of heavyweight politician Chhagan Bhujbal, who has thrown his hat into the ring, intensifying the battle for supremacy.

The political landscape in Jalgaon is no less tumultuous, with sitting MP Unmesh Patil's defection to the Shiv Sena (UBT) after rebelling against the BJP. It was said that there was internal opposition to Unmesh Patil from local BJP leaders, so the party decided to drop his name. Patil's rebellion and subsequent decision to contest against the BJP's chosen candidate, Smita Wagh, under the Shiv Sena (UBT) banner, underscore the fissures within the alliance.

Similarly, in the Raver constituency, the BJP's nomination of Raksha Khadse for a second term has met with resistance from local party workers and leaders, leading to public confrontations captured on social media. These incidents highlight the growing discontent and internal strife plaguing the alliance's electoral strategy. Recently, a video was shared on social media which showed a quarrel between Raksha Khadse and party workers in a meeting in the presence of the BJP leader Girish Mahajan.

Beyond the realm of electoral politics, the disenchantment among constituents looms large. Despite North Maharashtra's steadfast support for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the past two elections, the region has been left wanting in terms of developmental dividends. Unresolved water disputes with Marathwada, lack of significant infrastructure, employment and development projects, and perceived neglect by incumbent MPs have sown seeds of disillusionment among the electorate.

As the electoral battle heats up, the Grand Alliance finds itself at a critical juncture, grappling with internal dissension and external challenges. The outcome of this political upheaval will not only shape the electoral landscape of North Maharashtra but also reverberate across the broader political spectrum. In the crucible of competing interests and shifting alliances, the fate of the Mahayuti hangs in the balance, awaiting the verdict of the electorate.

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