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MVA winning over 50% seats is warning for Mahayuti ahead of Assembly polls

Jun 05, 2024 09:13 AM IST

The party had won 23 seats in the 2019 and 2014 LS elections. Partners in the alliance, NCP(AP) won a single seat and Shiv Sena won 7 seats.

The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), formed in November 2019, has got a shot in its arm by winning 30 of 48 seats in Maharashtra. The performance by the three parties in the opposition alliance despite many challenges -- split in two parties, defection by prominent players and criminal action against key leaders -- is expected to impact the Assembly elections scheduled between September and October this year.

Mumbai, India - June 4, 2024: Shiv sena UBT party workers celebrate outside Shiv Sena bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Mumbai, India - June 4, 2024: Shiv sena UBT party workers celebrate outside Shiv Sena bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)

It is a warning bell for the ruling Mahayuti that could win only one third of the Lok Sabha seats in the state.

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Of the MVA partners, Nationalist Congress Party (SP) chief Sharad Pawar has emerged the strongest by winning eight of the 10 seats the party was allocated. Congress bounced back and wrested control of Vidarbha from BJP. It bettered its earlier number in 2019, when it won one seat in the state; in 2024 the number rose to 13. On the other hand, against the general perception that Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena (UBT) would make gains thanks to the electorate’s sympathy after the split in the party, it notched fewer numbers – nine of 21 seats -- than its allies.

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The BJP, largest party in the ruling Mahayuti, registered poor performance winning nine out of 28 seats. The party had won 23 seats in the 2019 and 2014 LS elections. Partners in the alliance, NCP(AP) won a single seat and Shiv Sena won 7 seats.

A BJP leader, who did not wish to be named, blamed the decline in the party’s fortunes to the Maratha reservation stir, unrest among the farmers, and most importantly, anger among the electorate when a break up of two parties were engineered to strengthen BJP in the state. “The splits proved to be damaging for us – that is the most important lesson from these results. The state government will have to take corrective steps to quell the anger among farmers and agitating Marathas to ensure victory in the Assembly elections,” said the leader.

He added, “Though the numbers were discouraging in Maharashtra, the national figures are strong. Any attempt to make drastic changes may prove counter-productive.”

A leader from NCP (AP) however said, “The ruling coalition was riding on the popularity of PM Modi, which failed to work. The Mahayuti must introspect and initiate corrective measures ahead of Assembly elections.”

After the results were declared, CM Eknath Shinde said, “We lost some seats because of delay in announcing candidates and the false narrative against us set by the opposition. However, we will introspect and take corrective steps to convince the people about our performance in the state.”

NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar said: “The success of MVA is not limited to either NCP (SP), Congress or Shiv Sena (UBT). We contested the polls and achieved success. This is a time of change and we will remain together in the future. The results are encouraging and we will continue to endeavour to make changes in the state assembly.”

Mumbai-based political analyst Padmabhushan Deshpande said, “BJP and the Mahayuti’s unethical practices and arrogance went against them. People did not like parties breaking up and split in political families.”

At present, BJP has 103 seats in the Assembly while its allies Shiv Sena and NCP (AP) have 40 and 39 seats respectively. In the MVA alliance, Congress has 43 seats, Shiv Sena (UBT) 16 and NCP (SP) has 14 seats.

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