Mumbai’s Mayor will be from Shiv Sena as BJP steps aside
Mumbai, March 4: We will not put up a candidate for Mayor or Deputy Mayor for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announced on Saturday.
This comes just hours after the Shiv Sena announced its candidates for the posts in the BMC, where the elections resulted in a hung house.
The announcement of the candidates by Shiv Sena for the election slated for March 8 indicates that the party is not willing for a post-poll alliance with the BJP.
Vishvanath Mahadeshwar will be Shiv Sena’s candidate for the Mayor’s post and Hareshwar Worlikar is Deputy Mayor nominee, senior Sena leader Anil Parab said.
Neither the Sena, which emerged as the single largest party with 84 seats, nor the BJP, a close second with 82 corporators, has enough numbers to touch the half-way mark in 227-member council.
However, the party with the highest number of corporators can get its candidates elected for the two posts so long as other parties do not come together and put up joint candidates.