With less than a week left for the Mumbai university senate elections, both the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena are readying for a fight between the youth wings of both parties.
On December 26, it will be the first time when the junior-most Thackeray — Aditya leading the Bhartiya Vidyarthi Sena (BVS) will fight the students wing of his uncle, Raj Thackeray's MNS for 10 seats in the senate.
The elections that are held every five years will take place in over 40 centers with 46,600 voters polling. Of the 10, five seats are from the general category and five are reserved for ladies, Other Backward Class , Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Nomadic Tribe respectively. While the BVS is contesting all the 10 seats, the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) is contesting 5 seats.
On Sunday, Raj who met his party office bearers stressed on these elections and has warned them that it is their performance here that will decide their fate (for getting civic elections tickets to be held in 2012).
MNVS president, Aditya Shirodkar with the help of his team has released a booklet ahead of the elections that talk of their work — of the anti-ragging law that they got passed in the university, launching a Marathi website and even fighting against encroachment at the campus.
But none of this has moved the confidence of the BVS which currently has three seats in the senate. “No speeches can move anything in the senate elections. It all depends on the number of students registered by the team and our work and promise towards educational reforms. We have 24,461 registrations which is 51% of total voters. Therefore, we will win,” said Abhijit Panse, President BVS.
MNS has registered 8,500 voters.
Panse added that this is the first time that the BVS is contesting from all the ten seats and Aditya is leading the team personally. “ Aditya has sent personal letters to all those registered,” he added.
The ABVP, NSUI, Bombay Graduate Forum and Swabhiman will also be contesting for the 10 seats.