Sena man elected Kalyan-Dom­bivli mayor

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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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RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

Shiv Sena pres­i­dent Ud­dhav Thack­eray with wife Rashmi and son Aa­ditya con­grat­u­late newly elected Kalyan-Dom­bivli mayor Ra­jen­dra Devlekar in Kalyan on Wed­nes­day.

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