With the BMC election due next year in February 2017, the Shiv Sena, is set to bring back two stalwarts to control affairs in the municipality and counter its newly aggressive coalition partner BJP.The Shiv Sena has 75 corporators in the current house.
Sources in the Shiv Sena said that former mayor Sunil Prabhu is likely to return as Leader of the House, while former Standing Committee chairperson Rahul Shewale is expected to become vocal on civic affairs once again. Sunil Prabhu,was the mayor of Mumbai from March 2012 to September 2014. While Prabhu was elected as Goregaon legislator in October 2014, he retains his seat as a corporator. Shewale was elected to Lok Sabha in April 2014, but also retains his seat as a corporator.
“The party leadership is unhappy with the performance of the current leadership in the civic body. They have not only failed in taking forward the Sena’s agenda, but also in controlling the damage caused to the party in the past two years. So, ahead of the civic polls, the party leadership has asked the senior corporators to take charge once again,” said a senior Shiv Sena leader.
BMC, the richest municipal body in the country is ruled by Shiv Sena for more than 2 decades now.It currently has 75 corporators and support of 13 corporators from alliance partners, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 32 corporators.It’s likely that the BJP and Shiv Sena might contest the BMC elections 2017 independently.
“Rahul and I will look into civic affairs to do the work given to us by the party leadership. We will deliver on the promises made to Mumbaikars. It is our moral responsibility as corporators,” Prabhu told The Indian Express.