MNS down to 1 in BMC as 6 corporators switch to Sena
Uddhav Mocks BJP Charge of Horse-Trading
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.