BMC elections result: Congress non-committal on backing Sena

Yesterday, BJP clearly ruled out any tie-up with Congress in BMC to reach majority.

BMC elections result: Congress non-committal on backing Sena

After no clear majority in BMC election results, Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party have been planning to reach a majority for the Mayor post of the corporation. Amidst this, Maharashtra Congress is considering the option of enabling the Shiv Sena to foist its candidate as mayor of the civic body.

However, the Congress, which managed to secure only 31 seats in the 227-member House, is unlikely to rush to a decision, preferring to wait till the crucial elections to the five states are over.




On Thursday, in the counting of votes of BMC elections, Shiv Sena emerged as the single largest party and has risen to 87 corporators with three party rebels who won as Independent nominees returning to its fold yesterday.

However, reaching 114 seats would be time taking, as Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has maintained that the coveted Mayor’s post will be held by Sena only.

The reports have quoted sources as saying that Congress would refrain from any open discussion or statement about this until the results of UP and other state Assembly polls are out, considering the political implications of such a move could have a bearing on its prospects.

According to The Indian Express report even the proponents of the idea of backing Sena, said a final call will be taken by the party’s central leadership after considering the pros and cons of entering into overt or covert trucks with a saffron party, known for its aggressive stand on certain issues, which is diametrically opposed to the secular plank of the Congress.

On the other hand, BJP which notched up 82 seats in the Mumbai civic polls after fighting separately under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has said it won’t compromise on the issue of transparency in BMC administration, which was the party’s poll plank.

Yesterday, BJP clearly ruled out any tie-up with Congress in BMC to reach majority.

In the BMC elections, Shiv Sena had won 84 seats (now 87), BJP secured 82, Congress was relegated to the third position with 31 seats, whereas the NCP and Raj Thackeray-led MNS finished with nine and seven seats respectively.

Besides, AIMIM got two seats, Samajwadi Party 6, Akhil Bhartiya Sena 1 and Independents 5 (of which 3 have now joined the Sena).