Mumbai, February 25: Two days after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls results came as a hung corporation verdict, Maharashtra Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday evening cleared the air of any possible alliance with the Congress to rule on country’s richest civic body. The BJP has won 82 seats in the BMC polls, which means they need a support of more 32 seats to win the mayor’s election. While Shiv Sena which has now 84 seats and 4 of its independent rebel candidates had joined the party again on Friday, bring their number to 88. After this, the Shiv Sena is falling short of 26 seats to win a mayor’s election in BMC. After both the parties – BJP and Shiv Sena – are falling short of – 32 and 26 seats – respectively in a 227 members BMC, some reports suggest that both the parties are ready to join hands with the Congress which has won 31 seats in BMC.Also Read - BJP Would Remain at Centre of Indian Politics For Years to Come: Prashant Kishor's Latest Comments
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“BJP won’t ally with Congress at any point and cost. Whoever (Shiv Sena) wants to go with them can go, we won’t say a single word,” news agency ANI quoted Devendra Fadnavis. Also Read - No Firecrackers, Only Diyas: Maharashtra Govt Urges All To Celebrate Diwali By Lighting Lamps; Issues Guidelines
Devendra Fadnavis also gave credit of BJP’s success in Maharashtra local body election to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for starting “transparent politics” and added that they were getting a positive response as all communities have voted for them. Also Read – BMC Results 2017: Shiv Sena attempts alliance with Congress, plans to outsmart BJP in Mumbai
On the other side, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut dismissed reports of his party joining hands with Congress and insisted that the post of Mayor in BMC will be held by Shiv Sena only. The Shiv Sena in an editorial piece in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ had accused BJP of destabilising them by using deceitful means. The party also said that it has decided to “walk on the path of fire” and will continue its fight by not “worrying about the consequences”.
The Sena has earlier said that their fight with the BJP will continue. “The war that had started was not only for power but for dharma, ideals and integrity of Maharashtra,” Shiv Sena officials said.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has also said that the party won’t ally with Shiv Sena for the selection of Deputy Mayor. He also claimed that some leaders from the Sena have approached him after BMC results, adding that they can’t ally with a communal party that does politics based on religion and caste. In BMC elections, Congress was able to manage only 31 out of 227 seats in the civic body.
Before facing a humiliating defeat in Mumbai, Congress had said that they will not do anything that will benefit either the Shiv Sena or BJP in Maharashtra.
The BJP has emerged as the biggest gainer in Maharashtra by winning eight out of 10 municipal corporations across Maharashtra and also made huge inroads by finishing second in BMC. The BMC polls were also viewed as the battle of prestige for CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as they had ended their acrimonious relationship just before the elections.