MNS down to 1 in BMC as 6 cor­po­ra­tors switch to Sena

Ud­dhav Mocks BJP Charge of Horse-Trad­ing

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - *Two seats va­cant fol­low­ing death of BJP cor­po­ra­tor from Kan­di­vli Shailaja Girkar and dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Jo­gesh­wari cor­po­ra­tor Changez Mul­tani over caste cer­tifi­cate

Mum­bai: Raj Thack­eray’s Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena on Fri­day­found it­self at an all-time low in its 11-year ex­is­tence with six of its seven cor­po­ra­tors in the BMC de­fect­ing to the Shiv Sena.

The Sena’s mi­nor coup in In­dia’s rich­est civic body that it con­trols came just a day af­ter BJP won a mu­nic­i­pal by­poll from Bhandup, tak­ing its tally to 82 and inch­ing closer to the Sena tally of 84 (one seat in Kan­di­vli fell va­cant re­cently af­ter the death of BJP cor­po­ra­tor Shailaja Girkar, and a by-elec­tion is due there soon). BJP lead­ers had on Thurs­day claimed the party would soon have more cor­po­ra­tors than Sena in the 227-strong BMC House, and BJP MP Kirit So­maiya had said there would be aby-elec­tion in one more ward soon as a sit­ting cor­po­ra­tor of an­other party was set to quit.

The MNS de­fec­tions, which do not at­tract pro­vi­sions of the Anti-De­fec­tion Act as more than 1/3rd of the cor­po­ra­tors have shifted al­le­giance, took the Sena tally to 90. It has the sup­port of 3 oth­ers too. The MNS is now left with just one cor­po­ra­tor in the BMC—first-time ‘na­gar­se­vak’ from Kurla San­jay Turde has de­cided to stand by his leader Raj—and one MLA (Sharad Son­awane from Jun­nar) in the leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly.

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