Sena man elected Kalyan-Dombivli mayor
MUMBAI: The heightened hostility between the saffron allies during the Kalyan-Dombivli municipal corporation (KDMC) polls did not deter both parties from electing the Shiv Sena’s Rajendra Devlekar as the twin cities’ new mayor on Wednesday.
Devlekar, a six-time corporator from Kalyan, had previously been elected standing committee chairman of the civic body in 2006. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) corporator Vikram Ramesh Tare was elected deputy mayor of the civic body.
Devlekar, who won the post unopposed, said, “Although being mayor is a new experience for me, I believe I will be able to cope and do my duties towards the citizens of KDMC.”
What does this mean for the two allies? For most who are keenly watching yet another marriage between the two, this is an arrangement of convenience and little else.
The tie-up, according to sources in the Sena, will in no way mean more stability for the state government.
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Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray with wife Rashmi and son Aaditya congratulate newly elected Kalyan-Dombivli mayor Rajendra Devlekar in Kalyan on Wednesday.