Raut Accuses BJP of Employing ‘Divide and Rule’ Tactic, Orchestrating Divisions within Sena and NCP
In a recent development in Maharashtra’s political landscape, Ajit Pawar, a prominent leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has broken away from the party led by Sharad Pawar. This move has been seen as a blow to the Opposition Maha Vikas Agahdi (MVA) alliance, which includes the Congress, NCP (Pawar faction), and Shiv Sena (UBT).
Reacting to this split, Shiv Sena (UBT) Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Raut, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of employing a “divide and rule” policy. Raut alleged that the BJP orchestrated a similar split within the Shiv Sena last year. He added that despite this setback, the MVA alliance will continue to move ahead strongly in the state.
Ajit Pawar, along with eight other MLAs from his camp, joined the Eknath Shinde-BJP government on July 2, thereby further weakening the Opposition bloc. In response to the split, Uddhav Thackeray, the president of Shiv Sena (UBT), spoke to Sharad Pawar, while Congress leaders expressed their support during their meeting with Pawar on Tuesday.
Raut, a vocal critic of the BJP, stated that the BJP, often referred to as “Delhi’s Sultan,” is enjoying the political game in Maharashtra. He criticized the fact that the Marathas, the dominant social group in the state, are currently engaged in internal conflicts, alluding to the earlier upheaval within Shiv Sena and now within the NCP.
Raut further stated that the BJP’s policy is reminiscent of the British strategy of “divide and rule.” He highlighted how the BJP engineered a split within the Shiv Sena, causing a division within the party, which was once like a close-knit family. Now, Ajit Pawar has been pitted against Sharad Pawar, further fueling division within the NCP.
It is worth noting that Shiv Sena faced a split last year when senior leader Eknath Shinde, along with a significant number of MLAs, rebelled against the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray. Subsequently, Shinde joined forces with the BJP and became the chief minister.
In conclusion, the recent split within the NCP led by Ajit Pawar has created ripples in Maharashtra’s political scenario. While the BJP has been accused of resorting to a “divide and rule” policy, the MVA alliance remains determined to forge ahead despite the setback. The ongoing political maneuvering highlights the challenges faced by the parties involved and the complex dynamics of Maharashtra’s political landscape.