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Shiv Sena pours cold water on MNS’ bid to control Nashik civic corporation

Days after reports of a possible thaw in the relationship between archrivals Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the Sena on Friday did a flip-flop on supporting the MNS’ bid to win control of the Nashik civic body. HT reports.

mumbai Updated: Mar 10, 2012 00:54 IST
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Days after reports of a possible thaw in the relationship between archrivals Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the Sena on Friday did a flip-flop on supporting the MNS’ bid to win control of the Nashik civic body.


Even though Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray had hinted at giving support to the MNS in the mayoral elections in Nashik, his party has put up its candidates for the elections to be held on March 15. Following MNS chief Raj Thackeray's decision to extend support to the Sena-BJP alliance in Thane’s mayoral election, the Sena had indicated it was ready to reciprocate, and Uddhav had announced that his party would support the MNS if the latter asked for it. However, the Sena on Friday directed three of its corporators to file nominations for the mayor elections, and said that it is going all out to capture the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) with the support of independents.

"We have had talks with independents who have assured us of their support. The Nashik mayor will be from our party," Sena's Nashik spokesperson Arvind Sawant said.

Raj, on the other hand, said at a party function that he was confident of winning power in Nashik. "The next Nashik mayor will be from the MNS," he announced at a function organised to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the MNS.

Eleven corporators have filed nominations for the mayoral elections, of which three are from the Sena, two from the MNS and two belong to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

The residents of Nashik have given a fractured verdict in the NMC polls, with none of the parties getting a clear majority in the 122-member house. In fact, such is the situation that at least three parties will have to come together to reach the halfway mark of 62 (see box). There are indications that the Sena is looking to tie up with the NCP. Nashik’s guardian minister and NCP leader Chaggan Bhujbal has been involved in a bitter verbal duel with Raj and is insistent that the MNS should not be allowed to come to power in Nashik. MUMBAI: Days after reports of a possible thaw in the relationship between archrivals Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the Sena on Friday did a flip-flop on supporting the MNS’ bid to win control of the Nashik civic body.


Even though Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray had hinted at giving support to the MNS in the mayoral elections in Nashik, his party has put up its candidates for the elections to be held on March 15. Following MNS chief Raj Thackeray's decision to extend support to the Sena-BJP alliance in Thane’s mayoral election, the Sena had indicated it was ready to reciprocate, and Uddhav had announced that his party would support the MNS if the latter asked for it. However, the Sena on Friday directed three of its corporators to file nominations for the mayor elections, and said that it is going all out to capture the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) with the support of independents.

"We have had talks with independents who have assured us of their support. The Nashik mayor will be from our party," Sena's Nashik spokesperson Arvind Sawant said.

Raj, on the other hand, said at a party function that he was confident of winning power in Nashik. "The next Nashik mayor will be from the MNS," he announced at a function organised to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the MNS.

Eleven corporators have filed nominations for the mayoral elections, of which three are from the Sena, two from the MNS and two belong to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

The residents of Nashik have given a fractured verdict in the NMC polls, with none of the parties getting a clear majority in the 122-member house. In fact, such is the situation that at least three parties will have to come together to reach the halfway mark of 62 (see box). There are indications that the Sena is looking to tie up with the NCP. Nashik’s guardian minister and NCP leader Chaggan Bhujbal has been involved in a bitter verbal duel with Raj and is insistent that the MNS should not be allowed to come to power in Nashik.