Ashok Chavan’s masterstroke during the Maharashtra Assembly election of 2009 to use Raj Thackeray to electorally damage the Shiv Sena-BJP is well known, but he has not been credited enough for this. This led to an unprecedented third term for the Congress in the state (rarity in the post1996 era)
The 100 crore corruption charge on Maharashtra Home minister Anil Deshmukh which has been levelled by ex Mumbai Police commissioner Parambir Singh has thrown the MVA government into a tizzy. Deshmukh is unlikely to survive this allegation. Can the MVA government survive this scandal?
The Congress legislative party is Maharashtra is held between a rock and a hard place. Congress is reduced to the Number 4 party in Maharashtra and is a filler in the MVA government. The Sena and NCP are taking the party for granted. However the Congress state unit has limited options.
Electoral politics in Maharashtra has been hugely impacted by making & breaking of alliances and the presence of vote katua (vote cutter) parties in the fray, in the last 30 years. The BJP-Sena seat sharing talks is a major inflection point that can have major implications on politics in the future