BJP set for big meet; Shiv Sena turns 50

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MUM­BAI: This week­end will be cru­cial for Ma­ha­rash­tra’s rul­ing al­lies, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena. The fu­ture of the al­liance de­pends on what the two par­ties de­cide over these two days.

The top brass of the state BJP will con­gre­gate for a two­day state ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing that be­gins in Pune on Satur­day. It is ex­pected to dis­cuss the strat­egy for the elec­tions to 10 civic bod­ies, in­clud­ing Mum­bai and 26 dis­trict coun­cils. The elec­tions to what has been touted as a mini-assem­bly will be seen as a re­flec­tion of the Fad­navis gov­ern­ment’s per­for­mance in the first two years in of­fice. The BJP is keen to do well in these polls and wants to win the pres­ti­gious Mum­bai civic body on its own. Its top state lead­ers will dis­cuss if they should con­test the elec­tions solo or with the Sena. This Sun­day, the Shiv Sena will cel­e­brate its 50th foun­da­tion day. Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray is ex­pected to give his cadre a glimpse into the party’s fu­ture. Re­tain­ing power in Mum­bai is very im­por­tant for the Sena, which is why it is locked in a bit­ter tus­sle with ally BJP. RE­LATED RE­PORTS, P2 & P5

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