￼Shelar said that a backdoor alliance has happened between both the parties and they are fielding candidates in those areas where BJP has a stronghold.
BJP Mumbai president Ashish Shelar has alleged that Shiv Sena and Congress are involved in a match fixing ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election. Shelar said that a backdoor alliance has happened between both the parties and they are fielding candidates in those areas where BJP has a stronghold. After the state assembly election, the BJP has become the single largest party and there has been a change in political equations in the state.
BJP has been flexing its muscles after its victory in the assembly election and has been sidelining Shiv Sena. The party also aims to wrest the control of BMC which is currently ruled by Sena. On the other hand, Sena is unhappy with the big brother attitude of BJP. BJP had demanded a larger share of seats from Sena for contesting the civic body election. On the other hand, Sena was reluctant to offer more seats to BJP hence both the parties have decided to contest election separately.
Shelar said, “Shiv Sena and the Mumbai unit of Congress led by Sanjay Nirupam have entered into some kind of match fixing. Their agenda is to defeat BJP. It also means they have admitted their defeat. This is s treachery to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, to Mumbai and to Maharashtra as well.”
“This time the contest will happen between BJP and Sena-Congress. Leaders of both these parties have fielded weak candidates in these wards to benefit the other. However we will give a tough fight to these parties and emerge victorious,” he said.
BJP kick started its campaign by first offering their tributes at Hutatma Smarak, where 107 people martyred for unification of Mumbai with Maharashtra before 1960. Since Sena has often blamed the BJP for trying to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra therefore the party leaders have started their campaigning from this place.
After this incident, a rally of BJP party workers was held. Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve had asked candidates to take oath for eliminating corruption and provide clean governance.
In a veiled dig at senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut, a confidante of party chief Uddhav Thackeray, Shelar said the leader continues his mischievous acts and for that sometimes he needs NCP chief Sharad Pawar and sometimes Sanjay Nirupam.
Both the saffron parties have been in power in BMC, country’s richest civic body, for two decades. The election to 227-member BMC is scheduled on February 21 and results will be declared on 23rd February.