The high-stakes BMC political decision

by Web Desk | Published: 16-02-2021

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With an annual budget of around Rs 37,000 crore, BMC is considered to be the richest civic body in Asia.  Even when the NCP-Congress was in power in the state, the Shiv Sena was a strong force in the civil elections.  The BJP and the Shiv Sena contested the 2017 municipal elections separately as they could not accept the seat-sharing formula. 

 

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has reportedly threatened to step down from the BJP government and the Center in Maharashtra.  Thus, the 2017 BMC elections turned out to be a proud battle for the Sena and the BJP.  The increase of 51 seats from the previous election gave more joy to the Sena.  The Shiv Sena is trailing by a majority of just 84 seats.  The Congress, the NCP and the MNS won 31, 7 and 6 seats respectively.  After busy discussions, the BJP decided not to challenge the Sena in the position of mayor. 

 

Thus, on November 22, Shiv Sena's Kishori Pednekar and Suhas Wadkar won the elections for mayor and deputy mayor respectively.  As the rift between the two allies grew over the years, the Sena consolidated its position in the BMC.  The six winning candidates in the MNS joined the party.