The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has staked claim to the post of Mumbai Mayor and looks bent on some hard bargaining with the Shiv Sena, senior partner in the alliance that won the February 16 polls to the BMC.
“We should get the post of mayor at least for one term. Our party cadres have put in a lot of effort,” said the BJP’s Vinod Tawde, Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council, at a function to felicitate new corporators here on Monday.
State BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar endorsed Tawde’s view saying that it was a demand of the party workers and the state leadership would bring up the matter during negotiations with Shiv Sena.
Sena sources were quick to term the demand as pressure tactics, saying the BJP was actually eyeing the chairmanship of the civic standing committee, which controls the coffers of the country’s richest civic body.
The Sena has 75 corporators, eight less than last time, while BJP has 31, three more than in 2007. The BJP also polled 68,000 more votes this time.
The BJP, which is irked that its ally vetoed its proposal for a tie-up with Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), knows the Sena has to retain the BMC to stay politically relevant.