After spewing bitter words on former ally Shiv Sena, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has now hinted at a possibility of a post-poll alliance with the Sena if Bharatiya Janata Party fails to secure the majority in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections.
However, he did reiterate that he is confident about a BJP emerging as the single largest party in the BMC election.
During an interaction with the media at Varsha — his official bungalow — on Sunday, Fadnavis called the BMC election a “bipolar contest” between the Sena and BJP.
“After the results, BJP will emerge at the top,” he told reporters. He added that the numbers of the Congress, which is currently the second largest party in the BMC with 52 corporators, will reduce “drastically”.
He said that if BJP is the single largest party and there is a need for an alliance, they would take a decision on it based on the “agenda of transparency”.
“We will be prepared to take or give help on the agenda of transparency. But right now, we are confident that we will not need any support. Power is not important, transparency is,” Fadnavis said.
Sena and BJP ended their 25-year-old alliance on Republic Day and following that, both the parties have engaged in fierce war of words.
When asked whether entering into an alliance with a party that they have been slamming during the campaign won’t be a betrayal of voters’ trust, Fadnavis responded, “People are voting us on the agenda of transparency, and if we compromise that agenda, it would be a bigger betrayal. But we are confident of complete majority.”
Meanwhile, Fadnavis attacked the Sena on Sunday and said that the party had taken Mumbaiites, and especially the Marathi manoos, for granted. “They (Sena) had taken the Marathi people for granted. But we have given them the vision of development. Girgaum, which is the oldest Marathi-dominated area, has water woes today despite long water pipes that the BMC has laid. But we are giving them a Metro . The people affected by its construction will get 500 sqft houses each, in place of the existing 120 sqft ones. So we think that they (Sena) should be given five years for a self analysis,” he said.
After the split, Shiv Sena put the Fadnavis government on “notice period”, but Fadnavis claimed that his government is not in any danger. “We will remain in majority and will complete the full-term. Can a person, whose government is supposedly in danger, look so relaxed and be smiling?” he asked.
Fadnavis, being the face of the municipal corporation polls in the state, has put a lot of his political capital at stake, but he said that there was no threat to his job. “BJP will emerge as the number one party in the municipal corporation poll and 25 Zilla Parishad polls in the state.”