Mumbai: A rift in the alliance of Maha Vikas Aghadi has been increasing since the rebellion of Eknath Shinde and many MLAs of the Shiv Sena.
The announcement of former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to support the NDA’s candidate in the forthcoming presidential polls has made the cracks wider in the MVA coalition.
Civic polls in Maharashtra are on the cards. It seems nothing is on the line in the MVA. The Congress’s senior leader, Milind Deora, took a harsh step regarding the coming civic elections in Mumbai. He accused alliance partner Shiv Sena of gerrymandering–redrawing wards to reap benefits in elections.
Mr Deora blamed the party’s failure to maintain alliance dharma. He further added that the Congress is “ready to walk out” if its interests are suppressed.
Mr Deora said it would be difficult for the MVA coalition “if the Congress fights for its rights.” If anyone violates the coalition rules, the Congress is ready to go alone.
Mr. Deora, who has been a critic of the Shiv Sena even when his party was sharing power in Maharashtra, has written to the state’s new Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde, and his Deputy, Devendra Fadnavis, accusing the Sena of gerrymandering wards.
The Shiv Sena dominates Brihanmumbai Corporation, which is considered the country’s richest civic body.
Deora, who was recently given the duty of working as an observer for the upcoming assembly elections in Gujarat later this year.
It seems the Shinde camp and BJP have an opportunity to grab the civic polls in the state.