Rise of Subaltern Sena: Party paid dearly for neglecting rural MLAs

Shiv Sena has missed opportunity to develop its own style of subaltern politics . Analysts say the party has given a cold shoulder to rural Maharashtra .

MUMBAI (MUMBAI) – Given the high number of rural MLAs who have abandoned it, the Eknath Shindes mutiny has sparked a discussion about Shiv Senas' obsession with Mumbai and the cash-rich BMC.Sena has missed an opportunity to develop its own style of subaltern politics by giving a cold shoulder to rural and mofussil Maharashtra.According to analysts, such a tale would have allowed Sena to establish a strong regional network across the state, groom a small group of rural Sainiks from the BC-OBC and Adivasi groups, and bridge the urban-rural divide that threatens to tear the party apart.