Mumbai,Thane hold key to next Govt
The Konkan region, including Mumbai-Thane belt, which constitutes 12 parliamentary and 72 assembly constituencies in the re-drawn political map of Maharashtra holds the key to the next government formation in the state.
The boundaries of the assembly segments within Lok Sabha constituencies have been changed in such a way that political parties have already begun preliminary assessment of their prospects post delimination. This belt will eventually decide which political dispensation will run the state and even determine the chief ministerial candidate.
The most urbanised areas of Mumbai will now have 36 assembly segments instead of 34 and Thane 24 instead of 13. The Thane Lok Sabha seat,which is the second largest in the country has been divided into four parliamentary seats. While Mumbai's total Lok Sabha seats will continue to be six.
The extended Konkan region,down south, has been reduced two parliamentary and 12 assembly constituencies from three Lok Sabha and 18 assembly segments.
Political observers feel that Shiv Sena with a strong grassroot presence holds a slight edge in this region which totally accounts for 72 assembly and 12 Lok Sabha seats out of the total 288 assembly and 48 Lok Sabha constituencies.
Last week's defeat of the NCP candidate at the hands of Shiv Sena in the Thane lok sabha by-election should come as the last wake up call for the ruling congress-ncp combine if they want to retain their nine year power in the state.
Congress has virtually been wiped out of Thane district and party officebearers conceed that the state leadership has allowed the NCP to have its way in the last nine years.
However, NCP's position has been weakened due to the factional fued among its regional sataraps like Ganesh Naik from Navi Mumbai,Jeetendra Avhad and Vasant Davkhare from Thane.
Infrastructure problems in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai,issue of burgeoning migrant population is sure to dominate the political agenda in the next one year.