In a clear indication that frenemies BJP and Shivsena are all set to contest the 2017 BMC Elections independently, the BJP has said that Mumbai has been reduced to a ‘bakwaas’ city, and that the party will restore its ‘jhakaas’ glory if voted to power.
It was a clear attack on its long time ally Shivsena, which has been ruling the BMC for over two decades now. The Shivsena first came to power in the BMC in 1971 and BJP has traditionally played second fiddle to the Sena in the BMC.
The BJP won 31 out of the 60 seats it contested while Shiv Sena won 75 seats (it contested 135) in the 2012 BMC polls. But after getting a strong mandate in the centre and from the people in the state of Maharashtra in the assembly elections, BJP looks confident to fight the elections independently.
Ameet Satam, the BJP MLA from Andheri (W), said, “We need to present a vision for Smart Mumbai. It was a jhakaas city, which has now gone bakwaas. We need to make it jhakaas again, and it can only be achieved by having a BJP mayor in the BMC.”