BMC elections 2017: BJP confident of beating Shiv Sena

Mumbai: After Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s announcement to split the 20-year old alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will deliver speech before party workers on Saturday to reveal the stand of the party.

According to party leader, Fadnavis is Lord Sri Krishna of the Mahabharat and he will play important role to defeat ‘Kaurav’ in the BMC’s ‘Mahabharat’. Raosaheb Danve, state president of the party agreed that the Sena will be opponent of the BJP in some places.

“We will have to fight against Shiv Sena, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena in some places during election,” said Danve. “Yes, Sena would be opponent if BJP in some corporations, but it is not meant that Sena will quit from the power at the state,” Danve clarified. He rejected any possibilities of Sena to leave from the power. Danve claimed that BJP will emerge as number one after corporation and Zilla Parishad election.

Now all eyes will be on what clarion call does Fadnavis gives to BJP cadres at party’s “Vijay Sankalp Melava” (Resolve for Victory Rally) on Saturday at the Bombay Exhibition Center, Goregaon East. It is the same venue where Sena president on Republic Day announced his decision to snap the two decade old alliance with the BJP in the BMC.

Sources in the BJP drawing an analogy from Lord Krishnas sermon to Arjuna during the Mahabharata war and equating Fadnavis to that of Lord Krishna, remarked that Fadnavis is expected to give a clarion call to the party cadres to fight for the victory at times when the opponents before you (BJP cadres) may be known to you (Sena).

Meanwhile, the BJP launched its campaign on social media with a tag line “Vees Varshateel Senechya Pragatichi Vatchal…Hyala Jababdar Kon?” (Sena’s path to progress in last 20 years… Who is responsible for this?). The eight panels depicting women facing water shortage at public water taps, traffic police doing road repair jobs, chocked drainage sewer lines, traffic jams, nallah destining scam and Tablet scam in BMC schools. The Sena has launched its social media campaign with a tag line “Je Bolto Te Karu Dakhavto” (What I say, I do).

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