Sena, Cong have Joined Hands on 42 BMC Seats, Alleges BJP
Ex-CECs Bat for Total Cashless Donations
Mumbai: BJP on Sunday claimed a “match-fixing” between the Congress and Shiv Sena in 42 wards for the BMC elections, scheduled later this month.
“Leaders of both these parties have fielded weak candidates in these wards to benefit the other,” BJP city unit president Ashish Shelar said.
BJP kick started its campaign on Sunday by first offering tributes at Hutatma Smarak, where 107 people martyred for unification of Mumbai with Maharashtra before 1960.
Sena, BJP’s partner in Central and state governments, is contesting the municipal polls by breaking the alliance.
Both the saffron parties have been in power in BMC, country's richest civic body, for two decades. The election to 227-member BMC is scheduled on February 21.
Addressing a rally of the BJP candidates, Shelar said, “Shiv Sena and the Mumbai unit of Congress led by Sanjay Nirupam have entered into some kind of match fixing. Their agenda is to defeat BJP. It also means they have admitted their defeat. This is s treachery to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, to Mumbai and to Maharashtra as well.”
In a veiled dig at senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut, a close associate of party chief Uddhav Thackeray, Shelar said the leader continues his mischievous acts and for that sometimes he needs NCP chief Sharad Pawar and sometimes Sanjay Nirupam.
Referring to Nirupam’s past association with Sena, Shelar said finally “old shiv sainik” has come to help.
“I am ready to debate over these 42 seats where Shiv Sena and Congress have reached an understanding,” he said. New Delhi: The cap of ₹ 2,000 per person on cash donations to political parties is a welcome move but the provisions can be made more stringent as parties can still find ways to bypass laws aimed at cleansing electoral system of black money, former Chief Election Commissioners feel.
Sceptical that parties can always hoodwink laws, they also suggest that efforts should be made to make donations to political parties totally “cashless” to usher in more transparency. The former CECs, who had proposed a slew of electoral reforms in their tenure at the Nirvachan Sadan, said the Election Commission should also be given power under electoral laws to “deregis- ter” parties which have not contested elections for a long time as they are being used as a conduit to convert black money. As part of a major move proposed in the Budget to cleanse the electoral system of black money, henceforth, political parties can receive only up to ₹ 2,000 in cash donations.
Announcing this, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said political parties will be entitled to receive donations by cheque or digital mode from their donors. As of now, the limit to accept political donations in cash is ₹ 20,000.
BJP's women wing workers at the Hutatma Smarak before launching campaign for BMC elections in South Mumbai on Sunday.