Mumbai, Nov 3: Shiv Sena emerged as the single largest party in the recently concluded Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections. The far-right political outfit bagged 52 seats of the 122-member civic body. However, it fall short by at least 9 seats to form a majority. To place its juridiction over the corporation it requires support from either the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with whom it shares a rocky relationship at the Centre and State or Sena might approach its breakaway faction Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).Also Read - BJP-Shiv Sena Like Aamir Khan-Kiran Rao, Parted Ways But Friendship Intact: Sanjay Raut
BJP has emerged victorious on 42 seats. If it chooses to align with Shiv Sena, the duo will comfortably rule the civic body with more than 2/3rd of majority. However, since the electoral campaign of Sena and BJP were directed against each other, there are chances that the duo will refrain to unite. But state political experts believe that Sena could ideologically adjust only with BJP due to their shared Hindutva views. Also Read - Raj Thackeray Asks Election Commission to Conduct Assembly Polls in Maharashtra With Ballot Papers
The alternative option for Shiv Sena is to align with the MNS. The Raj Thackeray led outfit has won 9 seats in KDMC polls and if it chooses to tie-up with Sena, the duo could reach the majority figure of 61. (ALSO READ: AIMIM wins 4 seats in Kalyan Dombivali municipal (KDMC) elections; Is Asaduddin Owaisi a new force in Maharashtra politics?) Also Read - PM Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray to Share Dais After 28 Months Today
6 seats were won by the NCP-Congress coalition, whereas Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlees-Ittehadul Mulsimeen (AIMIM) won 4 seats. Both are unlikely to lend support to Sena.
A high-level meeting has been called by Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray at party headquarter Matoshree. Influential leaders, legislators and lawmakers have been invited to discuss the post-poll alliance.
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