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Maharashtra political crisis amuses Twitter: ‘Why not hold bumper sale of MLAs every 5 years?’

Uddhav Thackeray (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

POLITICAL drama in India is not new. History is replete with instances where coalition governments failed to complete their full term, be it at the national or state level. There has been an instance in the past when a national government fell after losing a no-confidence motion by a solitary vote.

Currently, a similar drama has unfolded in Maharashtra, one of India’s most developed states. The coalition MVA (Maharashtra Development Front) government led by the right-wing Shiv Sena has found itself in deep trouble after many of its lawmakers have revolted against the party’s leadership, leaving prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) waiting for an apt opportunity to take the plunge.

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While such instances are not uncommon in Indian politics, the social media is never bored.

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Twitter has come up with some hilarious takes on the snowballing crisis in Maharashtra and here are some of them listed:

Actor-activist Swara Bhaskar asked why Indians vote at all in the first place. She suggested that instead of holding elections, the country can have ‘bumper sale’ (of legislators) every five years.

Author and columnist Anand Ranganathan said in a sarcastic Twitter post, “The police commissioner is on the run. The skill development minister is on the run. The home minister is on the run. The MLAs are on the run. Stop mocking Uddhav Thackeray. What more proof do you want that the Maharashtra govt is running?”

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