Mumbai, March 4: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday cleared the air for Mayor’s post in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) saying that the party will not fight for Mayor or Deputy Mayor’s post. It is now clear that the next Mayor will be from Shiv Sena party which had won 84 seats in BMC elections held last week. The crucial election for BMC’s Mayor post will be held on March 8 and after the latest announcement, it is now clear that the BJP which has won 82 seats in BMC Elections will won’t vote in BMC.Also Read - Mumbai: BMC Announces Complete Water Cut in These Areas For Three Days | Check Details Here

“BJP will not contest for Mayor or Deputy Mayor’s post for a municipal corporation,” Devendra Fadnavis said while addressing the press conference. Devendra Fadnavis also said that their party has no intention to play the role of opposition in India’s richest civic body. “We will not be in the opposition, we will support the ruling party but will not compromise on transparency”, CM said. Political experts believe that this a very clever move taken by BJP by leaving aside some key positions in the BMC. Also Read - Don't See Third Covid Wave Hitting Mumbai: Here's What BMC Told Bombay High Court

Devendra Fadnavis also said that the decision was taken by the party heads after cabinet meeting was held at Chief Minister’s residence – Varsha – in Mumbai. “If needed then we will support Shiv Sena in BMC but we will not take support from anyone,” Devendra Fadnavis said. This is a u-turn taken by the BJP in Mumbai which had earlier accused Shiv Sena of corruption. Also Read - Maharashtra Schools Reopening News: Varsha Gaikwad Reviews Preparation With Officials Ahead of Resumption of Classes From Oct 4

The AIMIM had also criticised the move taken by the BJP and its legislator Waris Pathan said, “The BJP and the Shiv Sena are two sides of the same coin”. In last one month, the Shiv Sena and BJP had carried out a hostile campaign with Shiv Sena threatening to take out its support from Maharashtra state as well as Centre.

Here are 10 latest updates:

  • With this latest development, it is now clear that the BJP will not contest for key positions in BMC like – Standing Committee Chairman, Sitting Committee Chairman, Health Committee Chairman, Building Construction Committee, Sewage and Pipeline Committee, BEST (electricity department) Committee, Tree Committee, Education Commitee and many more.
  • Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, that the party had fielded Vishwanath Mahadeshwar for mayor’s post and Hemangi Worlikar for deputy mayors post.
  • Shiv Sena corporator Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, was chairman of BMC’s education committee and had won the BMC election by defeating Mahesh Parkar in ward no 87 by 34 votes can also be projected for the post of Mayor in Mumbai.
  • Before joining politics Vishwanath Mahadeshwar had served as Principal of Rajesh Sambhaji Vidyalaya junior college in Mumbai.
  • Hemangi Worlikar who is likely to become deputy mayor had won the BMC elections from ward 193 by defeating Jayant Nate, a BJP contestant.
  • Hemangi Worlikar has also served as a member of education committee member for last several years.
  • In BMC Elections 2017, Shiv Sena was voted as the largest party in elections by winning 84 seats
  • Also, the BJP who contested the elections on its own did immensely well by jumping from 31 to 82 seats.
  • The results of BMC Elections were declared on February 23, in which Shiv Sena had won 84 seats, BJP had 82 seats, Congress had won 31 seats, MNS- 7 seats, Samajwadi Party – 6, AIMIM – 3 seats, ABS – 1, others – 5.
  • The BMC mayoral elections will be held on March 8. After BJP had cleared that they will not contest for mayors elections in BMC, the strength of the house is left to 145 and to win the internal elections Shiv Sena requires only 72 seats which will be won by the party easily.