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Mumbai takes its civic elections seriously

An HT-Cfore survey found out that 52% feel that BMC polls are more imp than LS polls, reports Ashraf Engineer.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2007 03:58 IST

Most Mumbaiites think the Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation elections are more important than the Lok Sabha elections. An HT-Cfore survey conducted on the eve of the poll found out that people who think so form 52 per cent of the voting population.

That should not surprise anyone as the civic body deals with issues that directly touch almost everyone in the city. Even Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray would call them extremely important, although for slightly different reasons.

The first civic election in the city after the serial blasts on July 26 last year could well be the 80-year-old Sena supremo's swan song.

On test is the political fate of his son Uddav who is inheriting his legacy in the face of the challenge posed by Raj, the Sena chief's estranged nephew. Thackeray's efforts to effect a patch-up have not succeeded so far.

The BMC is important for the Sena also as it has been its launching pad in Maharashtra politics. The polls also decide whose say will prevail on the BMC's budget that is bigger than that of some states.

The survey showed the city is in no mood to tolerate underperformance in the civic body. An overwhelming 88 per cent wanted the BMC to be accountable and deliver a quarterly performance report, much like publicly listed corporations do.

And 73 per cent respondents said they would go out to vote to ensure that the get the dispensation they deserve.

Email Ashraf Engineer: ashraf.engineer@hindustantimes.com