Who’ll be Mumbai Mayor? Cong May Give Sena an Edge
Many Cong leaders feel it’s better to back Sena to prevent BJP from grabbing post
Mumbai: Congress leaders in Maharashtra are veering around to the view that it may be better to support Shiv Sena to prevent Bharatiya Janata Party from grabbing the post of mayor in the newly elected Mumbai civic body.
A day after BJP staged a dramatic comeback by winning eight out of 10 corporations in the state and edged perilously close to Sena in its Mumbai bastion, Congress leaders indicated that it may serve the Grand Old Party better to have a Sena nominee as the maximum city’s new mayor. “While both are communal parties, the bigger threat is BJP. And to stop it, Sena is the lesser evil of the two, and we need to support it,” said a senior Congress leader. He, however, added that the party has not taken a final call yet and that senior Maharashtra Congress leaders will travel to Delhi to discuss the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) results and the party’s dismal performance in the state.
BJP bagged 82 seats in the 227member corporation, a dramatic jump from its tally of 31 in 2012. Sena could only increase its tally from 75 to 84. On Friday, it secured the support of two Independents to take its tally to 86. Sena leaders, including party supremo Uddhav Thackeray, have said the party will be able to get its mayoral candidate elected.
Sena’s case has been bolstered by voices of support from other parties such as Maharashtra Navnirman Sena ( MNS) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Leaders from both parties indicated on Friday they wouldn’t be averse to a Sena mayor.