Six MNS Cor­po­ra­tors join Shiv Sena

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Mum­bai: Six out of seven cor­po­ra­tors of the Raj Thack­eray-led Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena (MNS) on Fri­day joined the Shiv Sena, giv­ing the party, which rules the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC), an edge over the BJP.

With this, Shiv Sena’s strength in the BMC, the coun­try’s rich­est mu­nic­i­pal body, has in­creased to 90, eight more than that of BJP, a se­nior Sena leader said.

Of late, re­la­tions be­tween the Sena and BJP, which are in al­liance at the Cen­tre and in Ma­ha­rash­tra, have been strained.

MNS cor­po­ra­tors Dilip Lande, Ar­chana Bhalerao, Sne­hal More, Datta Nar­vankar, Parashu­ram Kadam and Ash­wini Matekar joined the Shiv Sena in pres­ence of its chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray. Ud­dhav Thack­eray said no­body should ac­cuse the Sena of “poach­ing” as this was home­com­ing.

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