Cong for Con­di­tional Sup­port to Sena

Sena sim­ply needs Congress, NCP and MNS to ab­stain from the vote to tilt scales in its favour

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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.

IN­TENSE DIS­CUS­SIONS

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.

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