Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray’s demand for presidential rule in Maharashtra after the tragic murder of party member Abhishek Ghosalkar has intensified the political turmoil in the state. Thackeray’s call for the dismissal of the Eknath Shinde-led government reflects growing concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation, particularly in light of recent violent incidents.
Abhishek Ghosalkar, a prominent leader within the Shiv Sena (UBT), was brutally shot dead during a Facebook Live session by local businessman and social activist Mauris Noronha. The shocking incident sent shockwaves across the state and raised serious questions about the safety of political leaders and activists.
The murder of Ghosalkar comes in the wake of another alarming incident where Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ganpat Gaikwad shot and injured a local leader of the Shiv Sena in Ulhasnagar over a land dispute and political rivalry. These incidents have underscored the growing violence and lawlessness in Maharashtra, prompting calls for immediate action from political leaders.
Uddhav Thackeray’s demand for presidential rule is a direct indictment of the Shinde government’s failure to maintain law and order. Thackeray accused the state government of protecting mobsters and failing to ensure the safety of its citizens. His strong stance reflects the deep-seated concerns within the Shiv Sena (UBT) and broader political circles about the alarming rise in crime and violence in Maharashtra.
Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi echoed Uddhav Thackeray’s concerns and sought urgent intervention from Union Home Minister Amit Shah. In a letter to Shah, Chaturvedi highlighted the “deteriorating” law and order situation in Maharashtra and urged the central government to take immediate steps to address the crisis. She emphasized the urgent need to restore peace and order in the state before irreparable harm is inflicted upon its residents.
The escalating violence and use of firearms to intimidate civilians and political representatives have cast a shadow over Maharashtra’s reputation as a vibrant and progressive state. The recent spate of violent incidents has raised serious questions about the effectiveness of the state government’s law enforcement machinery and its ability to ensure the safety of its citizens.
Sanjay Raut, another senior leader within the Shiv Sena (UBT), has also joined the chorus calling for the dismissal of the Shinde government. Raut criticized Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who holds the home portfolio, and demanded his resignation over the deteriorating law and order situation. Raut’s remarks underscore the growing frustration and anger within the Shiv Sena (UBT) over the government’s failure to address the root causes of the violence and insecurity plaguing the state.
The demand for presidential rule reflects a loss of confidence in the state government’s ability to maintain law and order and protect the interests of its citizens. It highlights the urgent need for decisive action to restore peace and stability in Maharashtra and prevent further escalation of violence and unrest.
In response to the mounting pressure, the central government will need to carefully consider the situation in Maharashtra and take appropriate steps to address the underlying issues contributing to the law and order crisis. The safety and security of citizens must remain the top priority, and all necessary measures must be taken to restore public trust in the government’s ability to maintain peace and order.