The BJP has taken the political turf to a very new low. Armed with abundant financial Power and backed by the law enforcement authorities in targeting its detractors, the BJP has now mastered the art of cobbling a government and overthrowing one of another party. Even in States where the BJP has been in power, they have gone all out to destabilize the Opposition.

After having now successfully managed its horse trading in Maharashtra, the BJP’s next political target will be Rajasthan.

What we have been witnessing has been very distressing with political morality submerged under the weight of money and muscle power. The BJP should realize that if a person like Atal Bihari Vajpayee was at their helm he would never have allowed such sickening political chicanery to proliferate.

In the recent events in Maharashtra we need to commend Uddhav Thackeray’s very dignified manner in which he faced the political crisis generated and orchestrated by the BJP. On the very day that his Shiv Sena party MLAs rebelled, Uddhav moved out of his official Chief Minister’s bungalow sending a very clear message that he would not deviously cling to the Chair. As Chief Minister he acted as a Statesman governing with a sense of courage, commitment, sincerity and compassion.

In 2004, I had the privilege to have a very pleasant interaction with the very suave Uddhav while he was on a visit to Goa. It was arranged by the then Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP late Ekanath Thakur who hailed from our neighboring Sindhudurg.

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