Commenting on the fall out of the Mahayuti (BJP-Shiv Sena), actor Paresh Rawal on Monday, tweeted Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's quote 'We got the fort, but lost the tiger'. Comparing the Maratha warrior Tanaji Malusare's brave sacrifice to win back Sinhagad to the fallout, Rawal alluded that the BJP inspite of winning the mandate had lost ally Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena is currently strategizing how to stake a claim, weighing an alliance with NCP-Congress. Shiv Sena's sole Union Minister Arvind Sawant too has resigned from his cabinet post in the Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises on Monday, in protest.
गढ़ आला पण सिंह गेला ।— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) November 11, 2019
The Kondhana fort which was surrendered by Shivaji Maharaj in 1665 by signing the Treaty of Purandar, was strategically placed and a main asset to the Marathas. On Shivaji Maharaj's command, Tanaji Malusare was entrusted with the mission to recapture the fort at any cost. Defeating the Rajput Udaybhan Rathod, Malusare and his troop of 1000 mavals laid attacked the fort. While the Marathas won the fort, Malusare laid down his life in the battle. The fort was then renamed Sinhagad after Tanaji's sacrifice.
Blaming the Sena for fracturing the Mahayuti alliance, BJP announced that it would not form the next government in the state on Sunday, after meeting the governor. Sena, being the second-largest part was then invited to form the government - proving its ability by Monday evening- 7:30 PM. Both NCP and Congress are now in a huddle, talking with their MLAs discussing a possible alliance with the saffron party. Both party chiefs will head a core committee meeting in Delhi, while Sena MP Sanjay Raut is set to meet Sonia Gandhi in Delhi to offer alliance terms. BJP inspite of stating its inability to form the next govt, too is set to hold a core group meeting headed by Devendra Fadnavis. The major tiff between the two ideologically similar parties BJP and Shiv Sena is for the 50-50 formula and sharing the CM post for 2.5 years each. BJP has refused to both, with the BJP willing to give Shiv Sena 13 cabinet portfolios and keeping 26 portfolios for itself.
The saffron alliance swept Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56), but is yet to put its majority to use. Meanwhile, the 'Maha- Agadhi' alliance (NCP-Congress) bagged 98 seats in total. The halfway mark is 145.