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Mumbai Civic Polls: Shiv Sena gets a run for its money from two Independent candidates


Mumbai: After the BMC elections everyone’s eyes are stuck on Shiv Sena and BJP, as they both have 84 and 82 seats respectively. Shiv Sena has managed to bag in three party rebels, who won as Independent nominees, returning to its fold.

But this does not stop Shiv Sena here, to increase the tally in the BMC, Sena is trying hard to bag in two more Independent candidates. But these candidates are giving Shiv Sena a run for its money. The two candidates are bargaining very hard with Shiv Sena and are asking for membership of important committees.

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As reported by Indian Express, Shiv Sena is trying to bag in Geeta Gawli, a corporator of Akhil Bharaitya Sena (ABS) from Byculla and Mumtaz Rehbar Khan, a Independent corporator from Bandra West. While the ABS has won two seats in 2012, but this BMC elections ABS has won only one seat.

Shiv Sena have contacted Geeta Gawli, daughter of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, who is currently the only corporator in her party, but she is being courted by both the BJP and the Shiv Sena as they scramble to secure enough numbers to land the mayor’s post. Geeta, who heads the Akhil Bharatiya Sena (ABS), refuses to provide any hint about which camp she prefers, only saying that she is curious to see how the race to control the BMC plays out. She also is demanding to Shiv Sena for a membership of the powerful standing committee for five years.

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Even Sena is trying to bag in Mumtaz Rehbar Khan, who registered herself as independent corporator with Konkan Divisional commissioner. Mumtaz’s husband Rehbar Khan has close relations with Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar. Mumtaz has kept her options open, and, is waiting for which party makes better offer.

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.