The Shiv Sena alliance is all set to gain power in Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) with the indirect support of the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
This is the same formula, popularly known as the ‘Pune pattern’, where the three parties come together to gain power.
According to highly placed sources, the Shiv Sena is all set to bag the mayor’s post while the Bharatiya Janata Party will get the deputy mayor’s post and the independents would be accommodated in the lucrative standing committee, which passes major proposals.
NCP corporators will abstain from voting. “The NCP corporators are assured that they will get adequate funds for their wards and also given priority in major works,” said sources. Thus, allowing the saffron alliance to scrape through with a wafer-thin majority.
This means Raj Thackeray will no longer be a kingmaker, but will play a major opposition party in KDMC.
Here the Sena-BJP has the total number of 40 corporators and have the support of six independent, to bring the total tally to 47, which is needed currently as the NCP plans to abstain with 14 corporators.
During the KDMC elections, the Sena-BJP won 40 seats, Congress-NCP 29, while MNS won 27 seats. Independents won 11. Sena’s Rajan Develekar is one of the top candidates for the mayor’s post. In BJP, three people — Srikar Choudhary, Rahul Damale and Budharam Sarnaubat — are being considered for the deputy mayor’s post.