Balasaheb legacy: BJP seeks to take e-way to voters’ hearts | India News

The naming of the Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi highway follows balasaheb Thackeray marked a new move by BJP focus on Uddhav Thackeray’s monopoly claim on Shiv Sena political legacy of the founder.
With this step, PM Modi and BJP also seek to send a message, with Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde on their side, that the BJP-Shinde Sena team will position Shiv Sena as originally envisioned by Balasaheb and not in the new MVA avatar presented by Thackerays.
While the theme of Sunday’s opening of the Nagpur-to-Shirdi stretch was infrastructure-driven development, the naming ceremony came as a statement in the ongoing battle, especially ahead of the polls for Mumbai’s cash-rich civic body, known as Sena (UBT). ) of blood vessels.
The Nagpur-Mumbai Corridor is known to be the brainchild of BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis. While he promoted the project during his CM tenure from 2014 to 2019, Shinde, who served as minister of public works, led the land acquisition process, although Matoshree was clearly not enthusiastic about the project. judgment. It was Shinde, as the disability minister, who first suggested in November 2018 to Fadnavis that the Samruddhi Mahamarg, as it was originally called, be named after Bal Thackeray. After the MVA government led by Uddhav took office, they continued to work on this proposal and in December 2019 passed a resolution officially naming the corridor after Balasaheb.
With Shinde now at the helm alongside the BJP, both factions will hope the naming symbolism will strengthen their position in the group’s ‘born versus ideological heir’ argument. Shinde has launched since the uprising in Sena broke out.
The BJP has, so to speak, ‘go with it’, because the ‘Balasaheb’ element is key to it and Shinde in many ways. First, it takes the battle for the Sena legacy beyond the legal and legislative realms and into the realm of public imagination and memory.
Second, since the Mahamarg would pass through most of the state districts, it was the Shinde-Fadnavis regime’s purported acclaim for Sena pramukh’s all-Mahārashtra leadership over ‘Hindutva’, again an action against the NCP-friendly Congress of Uddhav Sena personality. This is important because the highway runs through Vidarbha and Marathwada, areas where the BJP-Sena alliance with their saffron ideology has created the first cracks in the once-irregular Parliamentary fortress of Maharashtra. invincible in the 1980s.
Third, and equally important, is the recognition that Bal Thackeray, as Shinde said when he submitted his proposal to Fadnavis in 2018, was the “architect” of the “first highway project” country,” the Mumbai-Pune highway was built during the first term of the Sena-BJP government from 1995 to 1999.
On Wednesday, Modi played ‘dhol’ at Sunday’s performance as local music played and saffron flags waved around him, his opening speech in Marathi and his mentions ‘Sankashti Chaturthi’ is the day on which auspicious beginnings are made, entered into the hearts of people in terms of Sena’s prediction of herself as the champion of ‘Marathi manoos’ and Marathi culture. The BJP will be hoping for a message at a time when remarks by governor BS Koshyari and some BJP members, along with the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute, have created confusion for the party.
Modi patting Shinde on the back and his description of Shinde as ‘lokpriya’ (popular) are also of the same opinion. Shinde declared, the vein through which ‘Balasahebanchi’ runs Shiv Sena in his blood stream.


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