Cong for Conditional Support to Sena
Sena simply needs Congress, NCP and MNS to abstain from the vote to tilt scales in its favour
should we help Shiv Sena when they are in power with BJP in the state and at the Centre? Let Sena withdraw support and then we could consider a deal. If Sena continues to support the BJP governments in the state and at the Centre, then what are we supporting Sena for in the BMC,” one leader asked. Mumbai and Maharashtra Congress leaders, who met on Friday in Mumbai to take stock of the results, concurred and said support for Sena could be “considered” only after the party withdrew support to BJP in Maharashtra and at the Centre.
Haggling and intense discussions are on in every party office, with Sena and BJP doing their utmost to secure victory for their mayoral candidates. Unlike the legislative assembly, the parties don’t have to prove their majority. Real power in the civic body is wielded through standing committees whose membership is anyway based on party strength. The mayor’s position is largely ceremonial, but is prestigious enough for both parties to try their best to secure a win.
Sena could have an edge over its rival. It simply needs Congress, NCP and MNS to abstain from the vote, which will tilt the scales in its favour given its slight numerical advantage over BJP. A BJP leader acknowledged that his party could be isolated but added that the game is not over yet. “In the long run, Sena would need the support of a stable partner. Would Sena always want to be at the mercy of parties such as Congress, NCP and MNS? We will give them stability, and since our own state government runs with their support, it would be a smooth arrangement,” he added.
He said the picture would be clearer by Monday and added that BJP and Sena are destined to be together, at least for now.