Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections to be a Shiv Sena vs BJP Battle

The BMC polls will be a trial of survival for the ruling Shiv Sena while ally BJP, which is now the dominant partner in Maharashtra, will try to create space for itself in the city�s political landscape.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections to be a Shiv Sena vs BJP Battle

BJP’s ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, has continued its scathing attack on the NDA government and the upcoming elections for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will see a bitter fight between the two.

The BMC polls will be a trial of survival for the ruling Shiv Sena while ally BJP, which is now the dominant partner in Maharashtra, will try to create space for itself in the city’s political landscape.



Political observers say the election will primarily be a Shiv Sena vs BJP battle. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will take a decision on the alliance with Shiv Sena, which on its side, has maintained that it will only forge an alliance if there is an "honourable pact" coming their way.

However, given the bitter relations between the ruling partners, the two are yet to come on a meeting ground for discussions on a possible alliance.

A BJP leader said the party has invited district unit presidents to submit a list of probable candidates for the civil polls. Only those candidates who get the highest ratings in an internal survey will get party tickets.

Grassroot workers are of the view that BJP should go alone and the party expects to win more than 80 seats or emerge as the single largest party in the 227-member House.

Workers are of the view that the party made good gains in 2014 winning 15 MLAs and 2 MPs but the need of the hour is to consolidate on these gains.

Currently BJP has 33 corporators while ruling Sena has 75 members. The Congress and NCP stand at 52 and 13 each while the MNS has 28 members in the municipal body.