BMC elections: Rival parties put their forces together to win the assured seats

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 09:43 AM IST
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Mumbai: All parties will be putting their forces together to ensure that they consolidate the seats they are sure of winning. Their aim would be ensure they get their leaders re-elected to their stronghold areas to retain these seats.

The Sena stronghold is considered to be the Sena Bhavan area (Dadar) including Girgaum, Parel and also the Sewri area from where Sena had bagged all five seats in the earlier civic election. In the prominent areas in suburbs from where Sena leaders are expecting to lead are Jogeshwari, Dindoshi, Goregaon, and Bandra near the residence of Thackerays, Matoshree.

Many Sena Ministers and leaders like Ravindra Waikar, State housing Minister who hails from Jogeshwari, Sunil Prabhu, Legislator from Dindoshi and Subhash Desai, Industrial Minister who hails from Goregoan are from these areas.

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Arvind Sawant, Member of Parliament (MP) said, “Sena is the only party in Maharashtra which is 50 yrs old and its roots are stronger.” He added, “The fight will be tough of course, but it is also true that it will not be easy to betray us in our stronghold areas.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is seen stronger in the Central suburban areas like the constituencies of Ghatkoper which is of Prakash Mehta, Housing Minister and Mulund for Ram Kadam, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA).  Presently Mulund east and west consist of six seats out of which four corporators are from BJP while the other two seats were reserved for Sena in the 2012 civic elections, as both parties contested as an alliance, however Sena lost both the seats against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Prakash Gangadhare, BJP corporator and also Improvement committee chairman said, “If there is no alliance with Sena, then our party will contest from all these six seats and we are sure to win them.”

For MNS, this civic election will be a do and die affair after being badly defeated in the assembly polls with only one seat. In these polls, MNS will need to stick to current number of corporators 27.   MNS till now also had a few strong pockets in the city. Mainly in Mahim, wherein all seven corporators are from MNS. However in the last five years, and especially during the Assembly elections, MNS witnessed a exodus of leaders like in Vikhroli, which once was of MNS, Mangesh Sangale, ex-MLA of MNS has joined BJP making it easy for the ruling party.

While speaking to the Free Press Journal, Nitin Sardesai, former legislator of MNS said, “Our corporators have done a commendable job in their respective wards and we are ready to contest on all 227 seats. If at all the Sena-BJP form an alliance or not will have no impact on our prospects.” He added that they are currently not joining hands with any party. “We have not received any call from any party for alliance until yet, but we are ready for elections and we are in no hurry to disclose the list of candidates immediately, as we have a lot of time.”

On the other hand, the Congress stronghold is considered to be South Mumbai mainly due to the work done by the late Murli Deora. The Congress has six sitting corporators in this constituency. It also has a stronghold in wards dominated by Muslims such as Malad Malvani, Byculla. Now however, Congress will be keenly contested by the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimee (AIMIM)

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