With the BMC Elections 2017 just 6 months away, the Shivsena is eyeing to capitalise on two of the city’s most popular festivals i.e. Dahi Handi and Ganesh Chaturthi. It’s primary target is its ally, the BJP.
Akhanda Maharashtra (undivided Maharashtra) will be the theme of Sena’s events for both the festivals in south Mumbai.
The Shivsena plans to project BJP as a party which wants to divide Maharashtra into smaller states (with the example of the BJP Government’s stand for a separate state of Vidharbha) whereas the Sena on the other hand wants an undivided Maharashtra.
South Mumbai is home to Mumbai’s oldest residents – Marathi and Gujarati families — some of whom have been living in the narrow crowded alleyways in Girgaum and Kalbadevi for more than a century. Many of the wards are hotly contested between the Sena and the BJP, excluding the region’s Muslim-dominated areas. Of the 18 civic wards in south Mumbai, the Sena holds six, while the BJP holds three.
“All old mandals in Mumbai have an established identity and political affinity. The BJP traditionally has no mandals. They are trying to adopt existing Ganpati mandals by offering financial backing. But it’s a tradition and years of work that secures voters. People are not going to vote only on the basis of a sponsorship board,” Vinod Ghosalkar, Sena legislator from Dahisar, said.