All the while Devendra Fadnavis sitting beside him has been looking like the cat who got the cream, never mind that he did not really get the chief minister’s office again as he had wanted. If BJP supporters are to be believed, Fadnavis could yet again fall short of a formal stamp of the CMO because that is how his party leaders wish it.
Fadnavis supporters in Maharashtra are projecting him as the next prime minister for, deferring to the wishes of foreign powers who are increasingly expressing their reservations about Hindu extremism in India, the BJP-RSS might look for a softer personality than that of Amit Shah or Yogi Adityanath who see themselves as Modi’s successors. BJP workers say that is precisely why the central leadership is cutting Fadnavis down to size and they are also asking how soft or different is Fadnavis from the others when he has had 22 cases of rioting registered against him over the years.
However, whatever be the BJP’s internal party politics, it is a welcome change if their leaders, at least in Maharashtra, are holding up the law and willing to go by the book. The destabilisation of the MVA government, however, has come at an inopportune time for the farmers of the state who are reeling under excessive rains and floods in several districts. For while the administration has been put on alert, farmers have not been comforted in the manner in which they were by the previous government.
(This was first published in National Herald on Sunday)