Fad­navis, Goyal in BJP team to de­vise BMC poll strat­egy

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set up an informal group un­der chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis and Union power min­is­ter Piyush Goyal to de­vise a strat­egy to win the Mum­bai civic polls slated to be held in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

The BJP lead­er­ship is keen to win the elec­tions to the civic body, which gov­erns In­dia’s fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal and has an an­nual bud­get of Rs37,000 crore this year. The elec­tion to the BMC — the Shiv Sena’s strong­point — is be­ing seen in po­lit­i­cal cir­cles as a ‘make or break’ mo­ment for the un­easy saf­fron al­liance. While there are no vis­i­ble signs of a strong op­po­si­tion, the two al­liance part­ners are locked in a bit­ter tus­sle to win the civic body on their own.

“The group has been set up to as­sess the ground sit­u­a­tion and pre­pare an over­all strat­egy ahead of the polls. We need to know where the party stands, how many seats we can con­test” said a se­nior party func­tionary. CON­TIN­UED ON P10

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