Amit Shah: The undisputed ‘Chanakya’ of Indian politics
   Date :24-Nov-2019
By Anindya Banerjee:
AS Saturday morning brought surprise and amazement to many with a 180-degree-turnaround in the Maharashtra politics, it once again reinforced the fact that Amit Anilchandra Shah is the undisputed ‘Chanakya’, when it comes to Indian politics. What happened between 9 p.m. on Friday, when Sharad Pawar announced that consensus on Uddhav Thackeray’s name as Chief Minister was reached and 7.50 a.m. on Saturday, when Governor B S Koshiyari began swearing in a BJP-led Government -- it all had the stamp of the Shah politics written all over it -- utmost secrecy, maintaining shock value and outsmarting the smartest one. Sources say, there were massive disagreements between the NCP and the Congress on the post of Speaker. So much so, that the decibel levels increased.
To soothe the nerves and presuming they have all the time to negotiate even further, it was decided to call it a day and meet the next morning on Saturday. But the work of Shah’s BJP started right then at the stroke of midnight -- after that and before the NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena could meet the next day -- the new Government of Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar was already sworn in. BJP General Secretary and Shah’s trusted man Bhupendra Yadav was silently rushed to Mumbai, as media frenzy was primarily around Matoshree, the residence of the Thackerays. Behind the scenes, the final touches were given to what can be best described as a “coup within the family”.
However, few insist Sharad Pawar was aware of his nephew holding secret and parallel talks with the BJP and the 40-minute long Modi-Pawar meeting was less about farmers and more to impress upon the Prime Minister to not entertain the Pawar junior. On Saturday morning, though, if one goes strictly goes by Sharad Pawar’s tweet, he claims to be caught off guard. In September, the Enforcement Directorate filed money laundering cases against both the Pawars in Maharashtra Bank Scam. The scam is alleged to be of around Rs 25,000 crore. The case is based on a Mumbai Police FIR that had named the then directors of the bank, including former deputy chief minister of the state Ajit Pawar.
Splitting the NCP and joining hands with the BJP at the state may be beneficial to Ajit Pawar. Though it is not clear, how many MLAs are with Ajit Pawar. Technically, it requires two-third MLAs to split a party. NCP won 54 seats in the recently held Assembly election that threw a hung Assembly. With Bhupendra Yadav around, Devendra Fadnavis sealed the deal with Ajit Pawar, little before 12 a.m. on Saturday. It was decided Fadnavis will lead the pack for full five years and Ajit Pawar will remain his Deputy for the tenure. Within minutes, a call was placed to Amit Shah, who was awake in New Delhi and was well aware of what’s happening in Mumbai. When Shah picked the call, there was only one request froth other side -- let the oath taking be complete before Mumbai wakes up. Sources said, BJP wanted the swearing in to begin at 6.30 a.m. But they were told, the arrangement for the same can only begin in the morning and requests it to be delayed by an hour. All these while, Amit Anilchandra Shah was kept in the loop, in real time, as it happened in Mumbai. And as they say, the rest is history. The BJP’s Chanakya reasserted himself, once again.
Formed Govt to resolve farmers’ issues: Ajit Pawar after taking oath
MUMBAI: NCP’s Ajit Pawar who took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Saturday said that the NCP chose to go with the BJP for Government formation in the State so that the problems faced by the farmers are resolved at the earliest. “After results, no Government was formed. There are many problems including that of farmers and if a Government is formed then these issues would be resolved at the earliest.
That’s why we have decided to form the Government and taken this decision,” Ajit Pawar told ANI after taking oath. In what can be termed as a surprising development, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second consecutive term while NCP’s Ajit Pawar took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of the State. The move came at a time when deliberations between Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena seemingly reached the final stage on Friday.