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Shiv Sena declares names of candidates for BMC mayor, deputy mayor's posts

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Mumbai: Hours after the Shiv Sena announced its candidates for the posts of Mayor and Dy Mayor of Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendea Fadnavis said the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) will support the Sena nominees.

Now it's clear that the BMC mayor will be from the Shiv Sena as BJP has decided not to contest for the mayor's post and respect the BMC election mandate given by Mumbaikars. We will not contest for Mayor or Deputy Mayor, nor will we play the role of Opposition in BMC.

Further, Fadnavis has said that his party will not run for any post (mayor, deputy mayor, Standing Committee chairperson, Leader of Opposition, etc) in the BMC, thereby giving a free run for the Sena. The BJP had won 82 seats, while the Sena had bagged 84.

The BJP is likely to file its own candidate for the mayor's post on Saturday and is trying to get some independents along with corporators from some smaller parties over to its side to match Shiv Sena's numbers.

The "All is well that ends well" also reveals that between BJP and the Sena, there is a tacit understanding of going solo (to expand individual base) or forging an alliance (to make Maharashtra "Congress Mukt") to serve the saffron cause. "We have chose to work as the gatekeepers of transparency, the position which will be followed by all our corporators". Ever since the Fadnavis government came to power in 2014, Sena ministers have been whining about being slighted by the BJP whether it is for sharing ministerial berths in the cabinet, getting crucial portfolios, political appointments, etc. The move would pave the way for a Shiv Sena mayor to sail through easily at the elections to be held on March 8.

THE report on the draft Development Plan (DP) 2014-2034 submitted by the planning committee has become the latest bone of contention between the BJP and the Shiv Sena, with the latter opposing a Metro Rail carshed in Aarey Colony, part of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis's ambitious thrust for Metro line. For 25 years BJP and Shiv Sena were together but after the recent break up Sena is being adamant and close to nearly pulling out their ministers from the state government. Now that the possibility has withered away, they might choose to humiliate the Shiv Sena, which might be desirous to the BJP. "Similarly in other committees like the improvement committee, education committee and BEST committee where both the BJP will have equal number members, we will contest the elections to the posts of chairman in these committees as well".

The Shiv Sena had won 84 and BJP 82 corporators in recent BMC election. If Sena takes decision in public interest and welfare, they will have our complete support.