Eye on civic polls, Shiv Sena to use festivals to target BJP
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With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections just six months away, the Shiv Sena plans to capitalize on two of Mumbai’s most popular festivals — dahi handi and Ganpati — to campaign for the polls, primarily targeting its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The fight is set to start in south Mumbai, a stronghold for both the parties. Akhanda Maharashtra (undivided Maharashtra) will be the theme of Sena’s events for both the festivals in south Mumbai. The Sena’s plan is to project the BJP as a party that opts for smaller states by dividing Maharashtra into various parts. They want to tell people the Sena is committed to keep Maharashtra intact, with Mumbai as its rightful part.
Pandurang Sakpal, a senior Shiv Sena leader from south Mumbai, said, “The theme is significant not just for Vidarbha, but even for the Mumbai civic polls. Today, BJP leaders have made statements about the possibility of a separate Vidarbha, tomorrow they may talk about carving out a separate identity for Mumbai.”