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Will it be stable?
Pundits have been proved right: a hung assembly with the BJP as the largest single party and the eclipse of the Congress. The Shiv Sena, finishing a distant second, had to eat a humble pie. The Sena and the BJP had divorced their 25 years old marriage in the run up to the elections.

The BJP has formed a minority government, without the Sena’s support and passed the vote of confidence under dubious circumstances. This has been made possible, thanks to the Machiavellian ruse of Sharad Pawar, leader of the NCP, who has declared suo moto unconditional support to BJP. Alas, congress is left in the lurch!

BJP feels confident of Maharashtr’s progress with Narendra (Modi) heading the Centre and Devendra (Fadnavis) the state!

However, there are a number of uncertainties and challenges to be tackled by the new government.In the ultimate analysis, BJP will do well to stick to its alliance with Sena, byaccommodating it in a reasonable manner, but retaining its overall control. BJP was never a strong force in rural Maharashtra and owes its present success partly as a negative reaction to the misruleof Congress and partly due to the Modi effect. To a great extent, RSS with its national presence has obviously contributed to BJP’s success.

Both RSS and Sena have common approach to many issues; and have obvious differences. The only anxiety is that the BJP led government should not follow the footprints of Dr Singh and adopt the coalition dharma!


Challenges facing the new government...

1.    Anti-corruption drive: Any strong measures in tackling corruption will inevitably antagonise powerful personalities both in the NCP and Shiv Sena. The new young CM has promised that he would take action without fear or hesitation.

2. Demand for separate Vidharbha state: Shiv Sena is totally opposed to this while, BJP has given a blessing to this demand. There may not be any immediate action or agitation on this score but this is an issue to be tackled carefully.

3. Co-operation and rural development: The cooperative mand the Zilla Parishad System of Panchayat Raj were once the leading highlights of rural governance in Maharashtra. Elections on political lines and unabashed corruption, have spoiled these two gems of rural governance. BJP does not have much of experience or presence in these two vital streams.What reforms and revitalisation will be done by the new government needs to be watched.

4.    Irrigation: It is well-known that the actual irrigated area in Maharashtra is quite small. The recent scam on this sector cries for urgent action,which maycreate problems with regard to support of NCP.

5. Rural Credit: - With scanty rainfall and poor irrigation facilities, farmers in Maharashtra depend on adequate and timely credit. With the weakening of the cooperative credit system, defaults have mounted resulting in the suicide of poor farmers, who are in the clutches of money-lenders.

6. Urbanisation and infrastructure: There is rapid urbanisation in Maharashtra with continuous migration from rural areas. Resultant problems are well known and a lot of remedial measures are being taken both in housing and infrastructure.

7. Power and energy sectors: All mega and minor projects on the energy and power sectors should be administered in a transparent and professional manner. Hopefully, with the guidance of the PM, the new government should address these problem effectively.

The CM is starting with good auspices.

Good and adequate rainfall, increasing revenue from sales tax, motor vehicle tax and stamp duty, professional civil service and total support from the central government Above all, the state is in the hands of a young, professionally -educated, honest leader, enjoying the patronage of Delhi. Maharashtra should regain its leadership; only BJP should ensure stability of the government by fair and just means.

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