Last Updated: February 20, 2023, 13:58 IST
The Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), which just lately solid an alliance with Uddhav Thackeray’s faction of the Shiv Sena, earlier than the Election Commission’s (EC) choice to offer away the image and social gathering identify of Shiv Sena to the Eknath Shinde-led group, has determined to not assist the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) candidate in the upcoming bypolls.
On February 26, by-poll elections might be held for Kasba Pethe (Pune) and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The MVA is the alliance of the Thackeray faction with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Although the MVA is attempting exhausting to indicate they’re united, the VBA has determined to assist an unbiased candidate.
VBA spokesperson Siddharth Mokale, whereas chatting with News18, mentioned, “The Congress doesn’t look united in the state. Top leaders of the Congress are giving statements against their state president. The relationship between the NCP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also a cause of concern for us. We want to stop the BJP from coming to power.”
TRUST ISSUES WITH NCP
“The NCP, in 2014, had extended outside support to the BJP to form a government in the state. In the 2019 early morning swearing-in of BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis as the CM, Ajit Pawar of NCP had taken oath as the Deputy Chief Minister. Considering these factors, we are not supporting the NCP in the Pimpri by-polls. Also, the Pimpri candidate should been Rahul Kalate, as he has got a strong hold in the area, but the MVA didn’t give him a ticket. We are supporting him as he is contesting as an independent,” Mokale mentioned.
ANOTHER HIT FOR UDDHAV
The VBA choice will hit Thackeray probably the most, as he must strike a steadiness between his alliance companions. As the VBA is repeatedly making statements towards the NCP and Congress simply earlier than the by-polls, there may be confusion concerning the MVA in the minds of voters.
Uddhav faction chief Anand Dubey mentioned, “Our leader is Uddhav Thackeray, he is also the main leader of MVA. He had already said that he would try to bring Prakash Ambedkar along with the MVA. The talks are on. We will fight the Lok Sabha or assembly elections together. Before that we hope the VBA becomes part of the MVA. They are an independent party, we don’t know why he took this decision.”
Another ally in the MVA, the NCP, reacted sharply to the transfer. NCP spokesperson Clyde Crasto mentioned, “Sharad Pawar is a big leader of the country. If someone has differences with him, what should we do? The Shiv Sena is part of the MVA and Ambedkar has tied up with one party of the MVA, but is not a member of the MVA. By criticising Sharad Pawar, Ambedkar is trying to get the fame he is looking for.”
Post the break up, Thackeray tried to forge an alliance with completely different events to strengthen himself. However, the leaders with whom Thackeray has tied up are combating amongst themselves. If this rift is just not resolved earlier than the much-awaited Mumbai civic physique elections, Thackeray’s troubles will improve additional, say consultants.
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