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Maharashtras Political Beldam ; Uddhav surrendered the principles of his gutsy father, Balasaheb.

Soon after Uddhav announced the alliance with Congress in 2019, Shiv Sainiks knew that the ground under his feet was slipping Uddhav Thackeray—the petulant and wayward scion of Maharashtra—insulted the people’s popular mandate in the 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election, things have gone down south for him. The constitutional turmoil in Maharashtra entailing the high voltage political circus kept the country engaged and entangled for days, with more and more Shiv Sena MLAs clamouring to join the Sena headed by Eknath Shinde. The Shinde-led Sena wins the trust vote in the assembly now that he has 39 Shiv Sena legislators in the Maharashtra legislative Assembly—two more than two-thirds of the party’s strength to eschew suspension as per the anti-defection law in the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution—apart from the support of the BJP and others.

The elephant in the room is propounded to be Hindutva. The Balasaheb Thackeray-founded Shiv Sena revolved mainly around Hindutva, nationalism, and Maharashtra’s glory, and not surprisingly, the true Shiv Sainiks, who had grown up on Balasaheb’s ideology, saw through Shiv Sena’s unnatural alliance in the state much before Uddhav Thackeray himself. The pipe-smoking Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray had a fierce ideological base, which gained monumental support across the country, and thanks to which the party soon gained all its political relevance and power by playing the role of a Hindutva party.

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