He had a detailed conversation with Fadnavis and convinced him to make peace with Sena and let the coalition government function smoothly.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has said that the decision of pulling out of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor race is in the interest of Mumbai residents, adding that it would support Shiv Sena while keeping the `transparency` as the utmost priority. According to sources from Sena and BJP, when both parties had locked horns over BMC mayoral election it was NCP president Sharad Pawar who initiated a call to Uddhav Thackeray and advised him to refrain from withdrawing support to the BJP led state government or take any extreme step. Pawar also assured Uddhav that he would speak to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and ask him to allow Shiv Sena to have its Mayor without political jostle by withdrawing from BMC mayoral election.
Uddhav Thackeray responded and agreed to follow Pawar’s instructions and let him mitigate into entire issue. Pawar accentuated going against each other would not benefit BJP or Sena, as they have alliance in state and centre. As promised to Uddhav, Sharad Pawar had detailed conversation with Fadnavis and convinced him to avoid hostile approach towards Shiv Sena over BMC mayoral election and let the coalition government function smoothly. Inspite of the announcement from BJP’s supreme leaders to teach lesson to Sena by sidelining them Fadnavis after sensible advice from Sharad Pawar changed the strategy with approval from senior BJP leaders and declared withdrawal from BMC’s all posts and positions elections.
BJP spokesperson Shaina NC said, “This is commendable gesture of our Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, in the interest of Mumbaikars. We will stand united to support Sena in places where Mumbaikars benefits but we will also play checks and balances when it comes to transparency.”
“When good work is continuing in the state with the help of the government then I have nothing to comment on. The act which BJP has taken is the most sensible one and I thank them for it from the bottom of my heart,” said Transport Minister Diwakar Raote.
Fadnavis had stated that BJP will not contest for Mayor or Deputy Mayor’s post. He said, “At the end of the day, Shiv Sena had won more seats as compared to us, so we respect the mandate of the people. We will not contest for Mayor or Deputy Mayor’s post, nor will we play the role of Opposition in the BMC.”
BJP will support Sena for the sake of development, and we won`t compromise on transparency,” he said. The election for BMC`s Mayor post will be held on March 8.