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Political parties set ball rolling as civic polls draw closer

mumbai Updated: May 04, 2011 01:27 IST

It is a sign that the municipal elections are fast approaching.

Nine months before the civic polls, the Shiv Sena, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have started doing their groundwork to woo the voters.

The civic poll is scheduled in February 2012.

On Tuesday, MNS chief Raj Thackeray met municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters and demanded stricter implementation of rainwater harvesting in new constructions.

“Many constructions in the city do not follow the rule of rainwater harvesting,” Thackeray. “Stricter implementation can give relief to drinking water.”

Mangesh Sangle, MNS leader in the BMC, who was with Thackeray claimed that the meet was not related to the polls. “Our party chief met two former municipal commissioners, Jairaj Phatak and Swadheen Kshatriya, and discussed the same issue. This meeting was not just because of the upcoming elections,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sena leaders were seen visiting nullahs and municipal markets to woo their traditional (koli) voters.

Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, mayor Shraddha Jadhav and chairman of the civic standing committee Rahul Shewale visited Tagore Nagar in Vikhroli, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Ghatkopar and Shivaji Nagar municipal markets in Govandi on Tuesday.

Shewale said: “We are visiting municipal markets to inspect the repair work. We want them completed before the polls in 2012.”

Not to be left out, the BJP is trying to please the hawkers, which form a sizeable vote bank in the city.

On Monday, Mumbai BJP chief Raj Purohit participated in a morcha led by the Azad Hawkers Union to protest against the civic body’s action against illegal hawkers. “The BMC should implement the hawking policy at the earliest and allot them a place to sit to hawk. They are also human beings. I have always supported them,” said Purohit said.