BMC elections: After close finish, Shiv Sena says fight with BJP will go on
In an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece publication, Saamana, the Shiv Sena categorically said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will only see a Shiv Sena mayor and the battle is not just about winning power, but about religion, thoughts and Maharashtra’s identitymumbai Updated: Feb 24, 2017 13:26 IST
After a close finish in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trailing by just two seats, the Shiv Sena on Friday indicated it will not tie-up with its friend-turned-foe for power, saying the fight will go on.
In an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece publication, Saamana, the Shiv Sena categorically said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will only see a Shiv Sena mayor and the battle is not just about winning power, but about religion, thoughts and Maharashtra’s identity.
“The Shiv Sena has decided to take the tough path. We don’t bother about consequences. The fight will go on,” the party said in the Saamana editorial.
This is the first BMC election in the past two decades the Shiv Sena and the BJP contested not as allies, but independently as rivals. While the Sena, which derives its political strength and relevance from Mumbai, was fighting to protect and retain its home turf, the BJP was looking to aggressively expand in the city.
The two parties ended up in a close contest with the Sena getting 84 seats in the 227-member corporation and the BJP not far behind with 82.
For either of the two parties to win power and seat a mayor, both will have to either come together or seek tacit support from other political parties and independents to reach the half-way mark of 114.
“We will not deny that the BJP was close behind, but to defeat the Shiv Sena all of Maharashtra’s money, Delhi’s power and the benefits arising out of it were used in the race and it is important to note the Sena fought like a warrior,” the Sena said, adding every party gets the benefit of being in power.
Earlier, the Congress got this warmth and now the BJP is, it said.
“Shiv Sena has ruled Mumbai for the past 50 years and the BMC for the past 25 years. The kind of underhand ways deployed to dent this power and make Maharashtra unstable were probably never seen even during the Congress reign,” the Sena said in the editorial.
Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Shiv Sena said that after all it was not ‘Mann ki baat,’ but ‘Kaam ki baat’ that worked and the Sena got the highest number of seats based on its development work.