Sena Mayor for city after BJP opts out of race

  • Sena Mayor for city after BJP opts out of race

Sena Mayor for city after BJP opts out of race

In a surprise announcement, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that BJP will not contest the elections for mayor, deputy mayor or any of the committees in the BMC but will work as a watchdog.

Now it's clear that the BMC mayor will be from the Shiv Sena as BJP has decided not to contest for the mayor's post and respect the BMC election mandate given by Mumbaikars. "We would be open to support to the ruling Shiv Sena whenever the need arises", he said while replying to a question. The BJP by giving up its claim to power in the BMC gives the Sena an opportunity to celebrate and continue with managing civic affairs of Mumbai for five more years. The conclusion confirmed an expected patch-up following the months-long bitter campaign ran by two parties against each other and cast doubts over Sena's support to the BJP at centre and in Maharashtra. BJP insiders sa id one independent corporator who has gone along with the Sena may also extend support to BJP for the mayoral polls to be held on March 8. He said the BJP would soon constitute a three-member committee comprising senior IAS officers to find out the various aspects of civic governance where transparency and accountability could be instilled. "We have made a decision to work as the gatekeepers of transparency, the position which will be followed by all our corporators".

At 84, the Shiv Sena emerged as the single largest party in the 227-seat Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC after the elections but was way off the majority mark of 114.

The results of BMC Elections were declared on February 23. Though both the BJP and Sena will have equal strength of 10 seats in the civic standing committee, we will not contest the chairmanship's post in this committee.

"I am 200 per cent sure that BJP and Shiv Sena will join hands in BMC", Maharashtra's Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said.

Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena's Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and Hemangi Waralikar filed their nominations for the mayor's and deputy mayor's elections respectively. For 25 years BJP and Shiv Sena were together but after the recent break up Sena is being adamant and close to nearly pulling out their ministers from the state government.

Senior Sena leader and transport minister Diwakar Raote expressed pleasure over the decision.