‘Conspiracy hatched in Pakistan to…’, Maha minister credits ’fatwas’ for Uddhav’s Shiv Sena election win in Mumbai

Maharashtra Lok Sabha Election Results: Deepak Kesarkar attributes Shiv Sena (UBT) victory to 'fatwas', claiming Muslim voters believed Uddhav Thackeray abandoned Hindutva ideologies.

Written By Alka Jain
Published6 Jun 2024, 11:36 AM IST
Shivsena (Shinde Faction) Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar. (HT Photo)
Shivsena (Shinde Faction) Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar. (HT Photo)

Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Deepak Kesarkar on Wednesday attributed the victory of rival Shiv Sena (UBT) to “fatwas”, saying Muslim voters were convinced that former CM Uddhav Thackeray has “forsaken” Hindutva ideologies. 

“The fatwas helped Shiv Sena (UBT) win seats in Mumbai. If you deduct that (minority votes), every Shiv Sena (UBT) candidate would have been defeated by over 1-1.5 lakh votes,” he said as quoted by PTI. 

Kesarkar alleged that Muslim voters were convinced that Uddhav Thackeray had "forsaken" Hindutva ideologies and the ideals of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, which led to them coming together to help the Congress and Shiv Sena (UBT) candidates.

He added that over the past two days, Shiv Sena (UBT) has been painting a different picture in Maharashtra, reflecting that Marathi voters are not supporting Shiv Sena. 

He further claimed that a conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan to undermine Narendra Modi. “Two ministers in Pakistan advocated for Modi's defeat and, regrettably, some individuals here paid heed to their calls.”

“The opposition misled the Dalit communities with their false claim that the Constitution would be changed. While the Maratha movement sparked debates on the Maratha versus OBC dynamics, the election outcomes in certain areas were influenced by this. Consequently, key leaders of the grand alliance suffered defeat, warranting further analysis,” the minister said, as quoted by PTI. 

The Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena secured seven of the 15 parliamentary seats it contested in Maharashtra. In the Mumbai region's six Lok Sabha seats, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT) won three, while the Congress, BJP, and Shiv Sena each won one seat.

The opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition, consisting of the Congress, Shiv Sena (UBT), and NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar), secured 31 out of the 48 seats in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, the BJP-led NDA fell significantly short of its goal of winning 45-plus seats, obtaining only 17 seats in the state.

Notably, the ruling Mahayuti coalition, comprising the BJP, Shiv Sena, and Ajit Pawar's NCP, managed to win just one seat in the Marathwada region, the epicentre of the Maratha agitation.

(With PTI inputs)

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