Soon after BMC poll results, the Sena, started attacking BJP, they alleged BJP for using the entire state machinery and all its might of Central leadership to secure unprecedented results in BMC poll. Maintaining its quarrelsome stance on BJP’s success in the Maharashtra civic elections, Shiv Sena sought to make light of that party’s performance in the elections, doubting if there was as much substance to it as is made out to be. The tally of Shiv Sena, which emerged as the single largest party after the counting, has risen to 87 corporators with three party rebels who won as Independent nominees returning to its fold yesterday. BJP, which notched up 82 seats after fighting separately under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis, is yet to make its position clear on the mayoral poll. A meeting of the party’s core committee was held at Fadnavis’ official residence, but no announcement was made later.
In the bitterly fought BMC elections, Shiv Sena had won 84 seats (now 87), BJP secured 82, Congress was relegated to the third position with 31 seats, and the NCP and Raj Thackeray-led MNS finished with nine and seven seats respectively. AIMIM got two seats, Samajwadi Party 6, Akhil Bhartiya Sena 1 and Independents 5. If Independent candidate supports ShivSena along with Congress then it’s Sena that is going to rule BMC keeping BJP aside. There are reports of back-channel talks between Shiv Sena and Congress to join hands in the BMC. With the Congress, ShivSena was in an attempt to claim majority control over the BMC. Rrepresentatives of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had approached the Congress with a proposal that would back Shiv Sena’s claim over the Mayoral post. The Congress had shown its interest in rendering outside support to Sena. Shiv Sena has reportedly offered the Deputy Mayor’s post to Congress in an event that the party extends its support. Civic officials said the Mayor’s election will be held on March 9. The floor test for the post is by a show of hands.
Meanwhile keeping BJP-Sena differences aside, there are some good things to be noticed these years BMC elections. Mumbai has elected a 21 year-old woman as its youngest corporator. Women, who enjoy 50% reservation in the civic house, have done well in the open category as well, increasing their representation by 5% from 2012, when the quota was first introduced. The largest proportion of corporators (38%) is in the 41-50 age group, followed by those aged 51-60, who comprise a quarter of the new house. Eighteen corporators (8%) are in the lowest age range of 21-30 years. Twelve (5%) are 61 years old and more. Many of the youngest members of the new house won against veterans. There was lot of young participation, which can bring change.
Let’s see when, when the political storm settles and BMC starts functioning with its new team of leaders.