Mumbai BMC elections: After BJP, Shiv Sena prepares list of 227 aspirants
With the increasing rift between the saffron parties, both parties have not even started discussions on whether to share seats or go solo for the polls.
Ahead of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections Shiv Sena has prepared its own list of 227 candidates.
Earlier its alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prepared a list of 227 candidates. However, neither the BJP and nor the Sena has disclosed its list. With the increasing rift between the saffron parties, both parties have not even started discussions on whether to share seats or go solo for the polls.
Although, party leaderships from both the sides have hinted in favour of an alliance, no groundwork has been started for that. Sources from both the parities said that they been told to start preparations to go solo.
“We have been having regular meetings with the party leaders. We are prepared for the polls even if the alliance with BJP does not take place. In fact, our workers are of the opinion that we should go solo for the BMC to strengthen our party,” a senior leader from the Sena told The Asian Age.
Confirming the development, Shiv Sena member of Parliament Anil Desai said, “There is no rule for not starting to prepare for the polls in the absence of alliance talks. We have started preparing like all other parties. If the alliance takes place it will be good if not then we will prepare to go alone.”
The statewide civic and zilla parishad elections—including the Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nashik municipal corporations—are scheduled for February. A formal announcement is expected soon.