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    ET View: Respect people’s mandate in Maharashtra

    Synopsis

    It is not in the interest of the nation or the state for such political uncertainty in the state that houses India’s commercial and financial capital. Both parties should respect the will of the people, which is for a BJP-Shiv Sena alliance to form the government. They should show flexibility and accommodation in sharing office and deliver responsible govt.

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    If all this fails, the option of fresh elections remains.
    The net result of the two press conferences by Devendra Phadnavis, till recently the BJP chief minister of Maharashtra, and Uddhav Thackeray, leader of the Shiv Sena, is that the alliance between the two parties has fractured, throwing government formation in the state in disarray. It is not in the interest of the nation or the state for such political uncertainty in the state that houses India’s commercial and financial capital. Both parties should respect the will of the people, which is for a BJP-Shiv Sena alliance to form the government. They should show flexibility and accommodation in sharing office and deliver responsible government to the people.

    If they fail to do that, the possible alternatives are all unsavoury. The BJP could try and break other parties, including the Sena, to mobilise the numbers it needs. Or the Sena could form a government with the support of the NCP and the Congress. Or the BJP could form a minority government with the NCP choosing to abstain on motions that could bring the government down, on the basis of Sharad Pawar’s statement that his party’s mandate is to sit in the Opposition.

    The Congress would find it difficult to tie up with the Sena as it celebrates its initiative in bringing down the Babri mosque and takes credit for construction of a new Ram temple at the site that could well be in the offing, when the Supreme Court delivers its Ayodhya judgment next week. For the BJP to keep breaking other parties to secure a legislative majority is to paint itself as an unprincipled chaser of power, regardless of the principles of democracy.

    If all this fails, the option of fresh elections remains.

    The most sensible outcome would be for the BJP and the Sena to come together, doing whatever is required to put statements that have caused offence behind them, and form the government, for which the people have given them the mandate.
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    19 Comments on this Story

    Gopal Sriniwasan247 days ago
    Respect for Constitution and voter''s verdict is a lipservice provided by the politicians and those aspiring to be in office.
    In India, a class of its citizens are in public life either because they dare to be lawbreakers or become part of a Mafia group to ascent to the political office. It is the law and RPA which should be faulted and the human.
    Coming to the subject of BJP Sena alliance, it is a prepoll alliance which had gone to the voters with Devendra Phadnavis as the CM, while all along the sena tagged with it as a junior partner,the moment the verdict was out, it turned out to be an outfit with its demand for a pound of flesh, disregard of voter''s choice.
    In politics it is acceptable but it is the governance which will get hit. Ideally, the Governor should give the BJP the first opportunity and if it fails to prove its majority on the floor of the house, it should impose President''s rule and order for reelection unless the Sena gives it in writing that it wants to withdraw from the alliance and form a post-poll alliance.
    Jai Bharat247 days ago
    Respect what was agreed in prepoll alliance.
    vijayankg247 days ago
    SS workers who are predominantly Hindus will switch their loyalty to BJP if SS goes with ncp and congress.SS will become another tdp
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