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

The Economic Times - - Front Page - Kr­ishna.The­var @times­group.com

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.

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