MUMBAI: While coronavirus forced people to stay indoors, Shiv Sena, NCP and Congressi’s Maharashtra combined Maha Vikas Aghadi was also committed to maintaining BJP at bay on many issues as it fought the pandemic during the year.
The ruling alliance hired the BJP to relocate the Mumbai Metro car shed project from Aarey to Kanjurmarg, although the Bombay High Court retained the land parcel in Kanjurmarg for the integrated canopy project for subway car.
The year also saw Shiv Sena’s “fiery Hindutva” mellow, with Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray talking about taking everyone with him.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Thackeray had a bitter exchange about the reopening of religious sites in the state.
In a sarcastic letter, Koshyari asked Thackeray if he had become “secular” by denying permission to reopen religious places. Thackeray replied, saying he didn’t need a Hindutva certificate from anyone.
Following the letter from Koshyaris, Nationalist Congress Party Head (NCP) Sharad Pawar also sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he denounced the governor’s approach to the issue.
“I am shocked and surprised to learn that the governor’s letter has been released to the media and also the kind of language used in the letter that does not suit a person who holds a constitutional position,” Pawar wrote to the Prime Minister. .
While Sena and NCP seemed to make the most of the unlikely post-poll alliance that formed the government last year, the Congress that finished fourth in the general election found itself cornered.
According to a congressional leader, some in the party’s state unit believe that if he sought the post of deputy prime minister rather than the post of speaker of the assembly, the MVA regime might have looked like a true tripartite government.
Ajit Pawar, who returned to the MVA after forming a three-day government with BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis last year, is someone Uddhav Thackeray relies heavily on for the latter’s administrative acumen, a Sena leader said. .
The MVA government did not have the “honeymoon” period that normally receives a newly formed dispensation. After the full government was formed on December 30 last year, the government barely had three months to settle before the pandemic hit the state.
Although the perception grew stronger that the “ Thackeray sarkar ” was managing the pandemic well by creating “ jumbo ” field hospitals, a task force of medical experts to advise on treatment, audit of Covid-19 deaths, taking over 80% of beds in private hospitals and covering the state population under the Mahatma Phule health program, actor Sushant Singh Rajput died in June of this year.
Thackeray-led coalition government found itself targeted by the BJP as it attempted to involve its son and state minister Aaditya Thackeray in the death of Rajput and famous media manager Disha Salian.
Mumbai police claimed Rajput’s death was a case of suicide, but incited by social media theories, the actor’s family filed a complaint against actor girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her relatives, accusing her of having him stealing the money and leading him to end his life.
Actor Kangana Ranaut has joined the anti-government campaign on social media by tweeting against Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray and his son.
At Dussehra’s demonstration of his party, Thackeray spoke about the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Rajput that targeted Aaditya Thackeray.
Without naming Kangana Ranaut, he said “those who demand justice” accused the Mumbai police of being useless. “Mumbai is PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), there are drug addicts everywhere – they are painting such a picture,” he said.
In what the BJP called a punishment of state government critics, journalist Arnab Goswami was arrested for furthering the suicide case, while the Sena-controlled Mumbai municipal corporation demolished the allegedly illegal Ranaut construction in Bandra.
Mumbai police also uncovered a TRP rating scam allegedly involving Republic Media Network and arrested some network officials.
Although some have questioned the stability of the government, the victory of Congress and the NCP in the graduate and teacher constituencies in legislative council polls brought cheer to the MVA partners who contested the elections together.
The findings raised the morale of the government which has spent most of the year fighting coronavirus and natural disasters such as cyclones, floods and heavy rains.
Former BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Jaisingrao Gaikwad joined the NCP this year.
The Maharashtra cabinet in December decided to list the Maratha community in the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category. The 10% EWS share is intended for those who are not covered by any social reserve.
The decision came after the implementation of the quota for the Maratha community under the ESCB (Socially and Economically backward class) was retained by the Supreme Court and challenged by the state government.
The Shiv Sena vs BJP slugfest over the location of the subway shed for the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz line is set to get uglier, with the state government now examining land destined for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
The MVA government is considering the use of a plot of land in the Bandra-Kurla (BKC) complex that has been set aside to be the starting point of the bullet train. “We are considering various sites. One is the BKC land for the bullet train project. The other options are Pahadi, Goregaon and a plot of land in Kalina“said an official.
The MVA government has faced criticism for not extending the terms of three statutory development committees that expired on April 30 this year.
The Vidarbha Development Board, Marathwada Development Board and Rest of Maharashtra Development Board were born on May 1, 1994, with the stated aim of correcting the regional imbalance in the allocation of funds and resources for the development of neglected regions.