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BJP coun­cilor Ma­hesh Bal­adi was elected un­op­posed on Thurs­day as the pres­i­dent of Uran Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (UMC). Shiv Sena’s Su­jata Gaik­wad has been elected as the vice- pres­i­dent.

UMC has a rul­ing al­liance of Shiv Sena-BJP-PWP which has 13 of the 17 seats in the coun­cil. As per an agree­ment be­tween the al­liance part­ners, the Shiv Sena and the BJP are to share the post of the pres­i­dent of the coun­cil for two and half years each.

While the elec­tion of a BJP coun­cilor was ini­tially ex­pected in nor­mal course, the de­lay in the res­ig­na­tion by the Shiv Sena coun­cilor, Ganesh Shinde, who was the pres­i­dent, led to the political at­mos­phere heat­ing up.

A source said: “The mat­ter then reached the top lead­ers in the state and a de­ci­sion was taken to en­sure that the al­liance stays. This led to the sit­u­a­tion be­ing re­solved.”

Shinde re­signed fol­low­ing which the elec­tions for the post were an­nounced. Bal­adi, who is con­sid­ered the top BJP leader in the re­gion and is re­port­edly close to cen­tral min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari was nom­i­nated by his party for the post.

The elec­tion was con­ducted by pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer Nitin Cha­van. Both the posts had re­ceived just one nom­i­na­tion each and hence the duo were elected un­op­posed.

Pan­vel BJP MLA Prashant Thakur along with other al­liance lead­ers were present for the elec­tion and con­grat­u­lated the win­ning duo.

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