A day after the Zilla Parishad alliance formations demonstrated how politics can ensure strange bedfellows, the phenomenon repeated itself in the city’s ward committee elections over the last two days.
Ward committees are formed to look after minor work at ward level.
Elections to the 16 ward committees saw the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena come together to keep the Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI alliance out of power at the ward level.
Eventually, the tally of ward committees controlled by the Sena-BJP-RPI(A) alliance went down from 12 in the last term to just seven in this term.
The MNS, which is irked with Sena for not supporting its mayoral candidate in Nashik, bagged three ward committees in the city, a first for the party.
The elections were marred with instances of cross-voting. In one instance, Dinesh Panchal, the Sena-BJP-RPI candidate for the M Ward, voted for the Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate, purportedly by mistake. Three other alliance members also cross-voted. The mistake cost the alliance heavily since the SP romped home with a win, thanks to support from the Congress.
The Congress, NCP and the MNS stitched up an alliance for at least four ward committees out of the eight that they won between them.
MNS corporators said that the only objective was to keep the Sena-BJP out of power, at the ward level.
“Despite our unconditional support to them in Thane, they betrayed us in Nashik. Hence, there were clear directions from the party high command to ensure that they don’t win any of the committees,” said an MNS corporator who requested anonymity.