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Too Many Peshwas

Seat wrangles put the long-time Sena-BJP alliance on the brink

Too Many Peshwas
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Too Many Peshwas
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Web Update: September 25:
Maharashtra's Day of Divorces: BJP-Sena, Cong-NCP Part Ways

Why has Uddhav Thackeray been so tough on the BJP? The sociological subtext to the story is that the Marathi manoos does not like being dictated to by Gujarati strongmen. Particularly when the Gujaratis are seen to be so high-handed. The Marathi press has been full of stories of the “slights” inflicted on the Sena leaders by the new Modi-led BJP. The brash style of Amit Shah in particular has apparently riled the Sainiks. Kumar Ketkar, chief editor of Dainik Divya Marathi, says “the average Marathi person has some amount of animosity and resentment against Gujaratis, who were seen as the prosperous community owning mills, while the locals were the working class in these ventures”.

The BJP, on its part, denies any sug­g­estion of an “insult” by...

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