BJP Hopes Sena Doesn’t Get Close to 100 Today
Mumbai: With long-time partners Shiv Sena and BJP, who ruled the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) together for years and run the state at present, contesting the civic body election separately, BJP leaders are hoping that the Sena doesn’t get close to the 100 figure mark on Thursday.
The BJP believes that Shiv Sena will not be able to get a majority on its own and will need BJP’s help to come to power in the BMC. According to BJP insiders, Sena would be forced to forge a tie-up if it gets only around 65 to 70 seats.
“If they get anything from 85 to 90, then they could come to power with the help of independents,” said a BJP leader. For a simple majority, a party must secure 114 seats.
The relations between the two parties have been strained ever since the Lok Sabha elections. And more differences have come out in the open in the run-up to the civic body elections, with some Shiv Sena leaders even hinting at pulling out from the state government, reducing it to a minority. If the Sena is dependent on the BJP to come to power in the BMC, then it would be less adventurous about pulling down the Devendra Fadnavis-led government in the state, believe BJP leaders.
The BJP’s calculations are also dependent on how ma- ny seats it manages to get. Some party leaders are enthused by the 11% increase in voter turnout, which is expected to be good for the party, but there are doubts as to whether it can get 80plus seats. “The BJP had 31 seats during the last elections, even if we assume that the entire 11% vote increase goes to them, does it mean that the BJP would push its tally from 31 to 80 as is being touted? According to us, the BJP would not get more than 60 seats,” said a Sena leader on condition of anonymity.
The BJP, though, is already preparing for a post poll tie-up with the Shiv Sena. On Wednesday, state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve told media persons that the BJP did not have any ideological differences with Shiv Sena. “We couldn’t have a tie-up due to some issues… It was they who broke the alliance and not us.”
The state BJP chief ’s statement indicates a thaw in relations between the two, considering that they have been hurling accusations at each other for some time now. However, Danve claimed that the BJP will come to power on its own in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Solapur and Amravati.