BJP set for big meet; Shiv Sena turns 50
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.