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Mumbai civic polls: CM Devendra Fadnavis meets PM Modi in Delhi, stalemate may be over


devendra fadnavis modiPune: Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by Governor of Maharashtra, C. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, on his arrival in Pune on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI6_25_2016_000120B)

New Delhi/Mumbai: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi for over an hour on Tuesday and the deadlock at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) could well be over.

Informed sources told Free Press Journal that on top of the agenda was the problem that had arisen after the Shiv Sena, an ally of the BJP both at the Centre and the state, demanded the BMC Mayor’s post. It is believed that the Prime Minister advised Fadnavis to patch up with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and extend support to his candidate.

Modi is also believed to have asked the Maharashtra chief minister to focus on the post of Chairman of Standing Committee at the BMC and other positions in the municipal body.

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Speaking to reporters after the meeting with the PM, Fadnavis told reporters, “Yes, I have discussed the deadlock at the BMC over the Mayor’s post.” Sources said that Modi was not in favour of any political instability in Maharashtra that would land the BJP-Sena government in the state in trouble. Senior BJP ministers Sudhir Mungantiwar and Chandrakant Patil, too, felt it wouldn’t be prudent to make the Mayor’s election an ego issue.

At the meeting, Fadnavis apprised the PM on the steady inroads that the BJP is mak-ing in Maharashtra. In the recently-concluded municipal and zilla parishad polls, the BJP could breach many Sena strongholds. Outside Mumbai, it was a virtual sweep for the BJP.