Mumbai, February 18: With only two days left for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections which will be held on February 21 and the results for the same will be declared on February 23. Political parties in Mumbai are all set for elections. In Mumbai, several corporate offices have kept flexible office timings on February 21, to ensure a larger voter turnout for BMC polls.Also Read - Mumbai's First Restaurant-On-Wheels Opens Today at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus | All You Need to Know
In Mumbai, major political parties contesting the BMC polls are the Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian national Congress (INC), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Samajwadi Party, AIMIM, BSP, RPI and others. Also Read - Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2021: Mumbai Police Issues SOPs For Eid-e-Milad, All Processions Except 1 Prohibited. Full Guidelines
In Mumbai, a total of 2,275 candidates are contesting for polls, which include 1,190 males, 1,084 females and one transgender, are in the fray for the 227 seats of BMC. The final list of the BMC, which was recently released by the civic body said, 13 political parties will slug it out to make it to the power corridors of the cash-rich civic body. The counting of votes will be conducted on February 23 and the results will be declared on the same day. Also Read - Mumbai Awaiting Guidelines to Vaccinate Children Against COVID: Mayor Kishori Pednekar
Since last 15 days, a war of words between the BJP and the Shiv Sena has started over the personal wealth of Thackeray family. The BJP has directly accused Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray of money laundering. On the other side, Shiv Sena has challenged the BJP to probe the allegations. Also Read – BMC Elections 2017: Nine Mumbai residential colonies opting to vote NOTA in upcoming polls
Kirit Somaiya, BJP MP from Mumbai had alleged, “The companies that were used by Chhagan Bhujbal to launder money are the same entities used by Uddhav Thackeray to clean up his money”. Somaiya further alleged that the Sena leaders have also used the same channels, asking Why is Uddhav Thackeray not coming out clean about his personal wealth?
With almost two days left for polling in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena and its arch rival the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) are also involved in a spat over a ground in Dadar as the venue for a party rally.
The area of Dadar is significant for both MNS and Shiv Sena and the rally in Dadar is significant because it has been viewed as an attempt by MNS to retain its control over Dadar and Prabhadevi areas, which were the traditional bastion of Shiv Sena earlier before it was taken away by the MNS in 2012 civic polls.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Bombay High Court directed the BMC to remove all illegal hoardings, banners and advertisements put up by political parties without permission, before the civic elections.