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NCP’s neutral stance in Kalyan may help Sena come to power

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) may help the Shiv Sena to win the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation, thereby denying the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena its first municipal body win.

mumbai Updated: Nov 04, 2010 00:50 IST
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The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) may help the Shiv Sena to win the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation, thereby denying the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena its first municipal body win.

The NCP has said it will take a neutral stand, which could help the Sena-BJP to get a working majority.

The decision of the 14 NCP corporators to abstain from voting has come as a setback to Raj Thackeray who, along with his 27 corporators, was tipped to be the kingmaker for any alliance. “We will be neutral because there is no question of supporting either the Sena or the MNS,” said Madhukar Pichad, state president, NCP. “We do not care who comes to power,” he added.

If NCP maintains its neutral stand, only 93 corporators of the total 107 will vote, This could lead to a Sena victory because it would need only 47 votes to win the election for mayor. The Sena-BJP alliance has won 40 seats and claims to have the support of seven independents taking its strength to 47.

The Congress with 15 members has already declared its intention of sitting in the opposition benches while the MNS has 27 votes.

“We are confident of electing our mayor irrespective of the stance of other parties,” said Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik, who supervised the entire campaign. “We are devising a strategy on these lines,” he added.

On Wednesday, Raj Thackeray met all his councilors at his residence. “I will hold a meeting of my party functionaries and the final decision will be taken within two days,” said Thackeray. He plans to visit Dombivli on November 5 to thank his supporters for a good result in the election.

Political analysts say that MNS is all set to take over the role of the main opposition party. “Raj can exploit the issue of this unholy alliance in the 2012 civic elections,” said analyst Uday Nirgudkar.

Nilu Damle, an eminent political commentator said, “Now he (Raj) has the opportunity to blame the saffron alliance for him not coming to power, which he could not have done if he was sharing power with any one.”