The race to head the country’s richest civic body has got more interesting, with Shiv Sena and BJP both having tough time in getting majority for BMC assembly. Both the parties are busy in gathering support from independent candidates. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis in recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the deadlock at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
While Fadanavis addressing the media after the meeting saying that he had discussed the deadlock at the BMC over the Mayor’s post. After this meeting the Shiv Sena has been busy in preparations of gathering all its coporators and sending them to an undisclosed location. With neither party having 114 corporators to create a majority, Shiv Sena is fearing that BJP- which also heads the state government- will pour in its financial resources to head the BMC headquarters.
Both Shiv Sena and BJP are in battle for mayoral post, and neither of them are backing down. Shiv Sena has already got a run for its money from independent candidates as well as from Congress and NCP too. With Raj Thackeray-led MNS extending support to Shiv Sena for its mayoral candidate, BJP is going to have tough time in keeping up the pace for the mayoral post. This has led to a race of gathering all possible support including structuring new alliances.
On Tuesday, Shiv Sena appointed senior coporator Yashwant Jadhav as their group leader. Jadhav, along with 88 corporators including four Independents, registered with the Konkan Divisional commissioner as a group. Shiv Sena has indicated that Jadhav and Ashish Chemburkar are the top two contenders for the mayoral post.
As reported by Indian Express, Chandrashekar Bawankule, Maharashtra’s Energy Minister of BJP, had visited Udhhav Thackeray at Matoshree. But after leaving the Thackerays residence Bavankule said there was no political agenda and he had gone for inviting Uddhav Thackeray for a family wedding. Shiv Sena is also considering of sending all its corporators to an undisclosed location, due to fears of BJP poaching its elected coporators.