The Shiv Sena’s Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was elected Mumbai’s 76th mayor, after the party came to power for the fifth time in a row in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The mayor of Mumbai is a prestigious post but it has limited powers. The mayor can get things done if he has a clear majority in the civic house. It has also been a stepping stone for some politicians who made it big in state or national politics. Here is a look at them:
Yusuf Meherally, a socialist leader, was well known for his contribution to the freedom struggle. He was jailed by the British when he was elected Mumbai mayor in 1942. Meherally was at the forefront of the Quit India movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi in Mumbai, and is credited with coining the Quit India slogan.
A Congress leader, he was elected mayor for three consecutive terms. Once described as the ‘uncrowned king of Bombay’, he went on to become union minister in governments led by Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. His reign in Mumbai ended after George Fernandes defeated him in 1967.
The Shiv Sena mayor in 1976-77, he went on to become chief minister of Maharashtra, union minister and also Lok Sabha speaker. For a long time, he was regarded as Sena Chief Bal Thackeray’s trusted aide.
Mayor in 1977-78, Deora later took over as Mumbai Congress president and handled the party unit for more than a decade. He was the Congress’ contact person with corporate India. Deora also had a long stint as south Mumbai MP and was petroleum minister in Manmohan Singh’s government.
Another Shiv Sena mayor who went on to become deputy chief minister of Maharashtra and also state president of the Nationalist Congress Party.
A Shiv Sena mayor in 1973-74, Joshi missed the post of Maharashtra chief minister as he was considered too soft a person for the same. Thackeray chose Manohar Joshi who is also a relative of Sudhir Joshi. The latter was made revenue minister and later education minister in the Sena-BJP government.
A former mayor who also became speaker of the Maharashtra assembly.
He is currently transport minister of Maharashtra and one of the key Shiv Sena leaders.
He became mayor after the Congress-RPI alliance snatched power from the Sena in 1992-93. He later became a minister in the Congress government in the state.
There are several former mayors who became legislators. Prominent among them are Ramesh Prabhoo, Vishakha Raut and Sunil Prabhu.