The relationship of BJP and Shiv Sena is just like a roller coaster ride, with ups and downs. Both the parties have always been in a symbiotic relationship of sorts, no matter how many times you see their relationship dwindling, they always come back to each other for their mutual benefit.
Love: of both the parties for a common ideology- Hindutva
The lotus and tiger have been friends with benefits for a long time. They have not only helped each other but also walked together shoulder to shoulder, but only in incidents beneficial for both. This alliance became stronger because of their common voice that is “Hindutva”. This political affinity is more like two brothers of same mother fighting for their ancestral property.
Love: Both parties merged to break the monopoly of Congress
With the astonishing come back of Indira Gandhi in 1980, Congress established power over the country. Since both of them had been lingering into the lonely corner for four years. When Congress lead by Rajiv Gandhi won 414 seats into Lok Sabha and the BJP managed to grab only two seats, Bal Thackarey made friendship with the enemy’s enemy. BJP and Shiv Sena entered into an alliance which is popularly known as Yuti. To show Congress in a bad light, they used issues like Bofors scams and Babri Masjid to their benefit. This helped them to become popular in major parts of Maharashtra.
Love: Their alliance proved a great success in Maharashtra
Late Pramod Mahajan, one of the visionary leader of BJP, sensed increasing popularity of late Bal Thackarey and his fascinating influence on different regions of Maharashtra that is Thane, Kokan, Marathwada etc. He thought that it would be helpful to be in alliance with him to break the monopoly of Congress.
Though this alliance is a kind of marriage of two people who are not happy together still it succeed in different parts of Maharashtra. Yuti came into the power in Maharashtra between 1995 – 1999. Manohar Joshi a major leader of Shiv Sena became first chief minister of Maharashtra. The late Gopinath Munde of BJP became first deputy minister.
Hate: Modi trying to play the big brother role after the 2014 elections win
Sena had grievances with BJP not only because of political reasons but also because they continuously felt undignified. As BJP started behaving like parental partner of alliance which till 2014 was a junior partner of it. The bitterness flooded when Modi commented on Sena and called it a “hafta” (extortionist) party.
Hate: Sena’s violent attack in UP, a state which the BJP is eyeing since a long time
In the 2014 elections, BJP was very well aware of the fact that they can win only if they will be supported by UP which is most populated country in India. They started protecting migrants from UP to win the election which was against the political strategy of Shiv Sena who has been attacking migrants from UP in Mumbai. This gap even widen after BJP sipped victory in Lok Sabha. It felt that they no longer need Sena to gain support from Maharashtra.
Hate: Sena’s continues to carry the old bitterness
Sena constantly carry the bitterness and criticize either BJP or PM Modi through their editorials in Saamna. They blamed PM for rising prices, farmer’s distress and so on through it. Shiv Sena’s strong stand on “Mumbai for Marathis” after Thackarey’s death did not stand for BJP who were competing for strong hold at Centre.