There is a big stir in the politics of Maharashtra. The ruling party Shiv Sena is on the verge of collapse. 26 Shiv Sainik MLAs, including three ministers of the Uddhav government, have come down on the rebellion. Many Congress MLAs are also reported to be angry.
If this happens, then problems may arise for the Uddhav government of Maharashtra. Uddhav is currently engaged in damage control. Veteran Shiv Sena leaders Milind Narvekar and Ravindra Pathak reached Gujarat. Here both the leaders met the rebel MLAs. Due to the sudden turmoil in Shiv Sena, the old rebellious stories of the party have come into the limelight among the people. We will tell you three such stories when there was a rebellion in Shiv Sena. Once Uddhav Thackeray’s brother had broken the party. Let us know when, what and how happened?
First know about the current political situation
After the rebellion of Shiv Sena MLAs in Maharashtra, different speculations are being made about the equation of power. Eknath Shinde is claiming 26 MLAs to be rebels. It also has some independent MLAs. Along with this, the BJP is claiming the support of a total of 13 MLAs from independents and other smaller parties.
In this situation, including 106 BJP MLAs, the strength in favor of BJP will be 145. which is the majority figure. In such a situation, the government of Uddhav Thackeray may come in trouble. On the other hand, there is also speculation that the condition of supporting the BJP can be put in front of Uddhav Thackeray by the rebels. Now let us tell you about the stories of three old rebellions in Shiv Sena…
1. When Chhagan Bhujbal rebelled against Bal Thackeray
This story is from when Balasaheb Thackeray used to dominate the politics of Maharashtra. Then Chhagan Bhujbal was identified as a domineering OBC leader. He was considered one of the closest leaders of Bal Thackeray. However, a dispute started between the two from the year 1985. After the assembly elections held that year, Shiv Sena emerged as the single largest opposition party.
When it came to electing the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Bhujbal felt that Bal Thackeray would obviously give this responsibility to him, but it did not happen. Bhujbal was shocked to learn that Thackeray had given the post of Leader of Opposition to Manohar Joshi. After this Bhujbal was removed from the politics of the state and confined to the politics of the city. He was made the Mayor of Mumbai.
Meanwhile, a coalition government of the National Front came to the Center, which decided to implement the Mandal Commission’s recommendations regarding backward reservation. Shiv Sena’s partner in Maharashtra, BJP was supporting the decision, but Shiv Sena was opposed. Bhujbal, who comes from OBC society, did not like this thing.
In March 1991, he publicly made a statement against Manohar Joshi. It was also made clear that now he does not want to become the Mayor of Mumbai again. He should be made the leader of the opposition. Hearing these things, Bal Thackeray called Joshi and Bhujbal to Matoshree and tried to compromise, but to no avail.
On 5 December 1991, Bhujbal revolted against Bal Thackeray. 8 Shiv Sena MLAs submitted a letter to the Speaker that they are forming a separate faction named Shiv Sena-B and separating themselves from the original Shiv Sena.
The speaker recognized Bhujbal’s faction, after which he joined the Congress along with his supporting MLAs. In this way, Bhujbal tore Shiv Sena in two. This was the first time that the Thackeray family had got cheated from somewhere.
2. Narayan Rane had revolted with 10 MLAs
Shiv Sena suffered a second setback when Narayan Rane revolted in 2005. Rane started his political journey with Shiv Sena. In the year 1968, at the age of 16, Narayan Rane got involved in connecting the youth with Shiv Sena.
Narayan Rane’s popularity increased day by day after joining Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray was also impressed by the fame of Narayan Rane among the youth. His organizational ability soon made him the branch chief of the Shiv Sena in Chembur.
Rane was a corporator of Shiv Sena from 1985 to 1990. In the year 1990, he became an MLA from Shiv Sena for the first time. Along with this, he also became the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly. Rane’s stature increased in Shiv Sena when Chhagan Bhujbal left Shiv Sena.
In 1996, Narayan Rane was made the Revenue Minister in the Shiv Sena-BJP government. After this, Rane got a chance to sit on the CM’s chair after Manohar Joshi stepped down from the post of Chief Minister. Narayan Rane became the Chief Minister on 1 February 1999 in the Shiv Sena-BJP coalition government.
However, this happiness was only for a few days. When Uddhav Thackeray was made the working president of Shiv Sena, the revolt began to dominate the voices of Narayan Rane. Rane questioned Uddhav’s administrative ability and leadership ability. After this Narayan Rane left Shiv Sena with 10 Shiv Sena MLAs and then joined Congress on 3 July 2005.
3. When Raj Thackeray formed a new party
Bal Thackeray’s nephew and Uddhav Thackeray’s brother Raj Thackeray is the first Shiv Sainik to form a new party after leaving Shiv Sena. Raj Thackeray broke ties with Shiv Sena in 2005. After this, in 2006, he formed the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. After parting ways with Shiv Sena, the MLAs may not accompany him, but a large number of cadre people left the Shiv Sena after him.
Eknath Shinde is claiming to be with around 35 MLAs in the current rebellion. If Shinde’s rebellion succeeds, it will be the biggest break-up ever in the 56-year-old Shiv Sena. In the last three breaks, never more than 10 MLAs were separated.