Civic polls: Shiv Sena candidate abused by opponent’s husband

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Friday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission and Deven Bharty, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) against Sudhir More and Sunil More for threatening Sena’s candidate contesting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.

Neelam Gorhe, Sena leader, said, “Dr Bharti Bawdane, Sena candidate from ward no 123 (Vikhroli park site) have received threat calls from Sunil More. More is the husband of independent candidate Snehal who is contesting from the same ward. We have approached the police and EC to take strict action against the culprits.”

Gorhe added that the culprits verbally abused Bawdane by assassinating her  character.

Gorhe further declared that the Sena has joined hands with Rashtriya Maratha Party, a party of various Maratha organisations that has decided to support Sena in the upcoming civic polls.

Vikas Patil, chief of the RMP, said that they have tabled a list of five demands to party chief Uddhav Thackeray and in return will support Sena in all the local body polls. “We have demanded to ensure that the Maratha community is provided reservation in job and education for RMP will support Sena. Also, we have asked him to ensure that a complete waiver of loans is given to farmers,” Patil, who was along with senior Sena MLC Gorhe, said.

Speaking about waiving off loans of farmers and reservation for Maratha community, Gorhe said, “We will ensure that the community gets their part and that the loans are waived off.”

Gorhe took a dig at BJP saying that the latter is trying to malign Sena’s image with unsubstantial evidence. “Instead of talking about the development the civic body has done in the last five years, they (BJP) have undertaken a hateful campaign of maligning our image. They seem to have forgotten their own development agenda,” she said.

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