Don­keys should not be speak­ing of horse-trad­ing, says Ud­dhav

Sena Of­fered ₹ 3Cr To MNS Men: BJP MP

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: The MNS suf­fered a se­vere jolt on Fri­day with six of its seven cor­po­ra­tors de­fect­ing to Shiv Sena. Raj Thack­eray’s party had won 13 as­sem­bly seats in 2009 and 27 BMC seats in 2012 but has since been in de­cline, hav­ing drawn a blank in the 2014 LS polls and bagged one seat in the 2014 Vid­han Sabha elec­tions. What sur­prised many was that among the cor­po­ra­tors who switched sides was MNS group leader in BMC Dilip Lande, who had on Wed­nes­day ac­com­pa­nied Raj for a meet­ing with BMC chief Ajoy Me­hta where the party de­manded ac­tion against il­le­gal hawk­ers.

Flanked by the new Sena en­trants at his Matoshree res­i­dence, Sena pres­i­dent Ud­dhav Thack­eray said, “I wel­come these six into our party. They were all orig­i­nally Shiv Sainiks and when they showed will­ing­ness to come back, we were happy to in­duct them.”

Rub­bish­ing Kirit So­mi­aya’s al­le­ga­tions that the rul­ing party in BMC had “kid­napped” cor­po­ra­tors and of­fered Rs3 crore to “pur­chase” them, Ud­dhav said, “Don­keys should not be mak­ing claims of horse­trad­ing. If they call us an ally, why are they get­ting a stom­ach ache? They should be happy for us.” Ud­dhav said all le­gal for­mal­i­ties for the cor­po­ra­tors’ en­try into Sena had been com­pleted. Sena MLC Anil Parab ac­com­pa­nied the six to the di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner’s Konkan Bha­van of­fice where they pledged sup­port to the Sena in writ­ing.

Ud­dhav said the other good news for Sena the same day was that Supreme Court had ruled in favour of its can­di­date Raju Pednekar who fought the Fe­bru­ary 2017 BMC poll from Jo­gesh­wari. Pednekar had lost to in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Changez Mul­tani, who was re­cently dis­qual­i­fied over his caste cer­tifi­cate. Pednekar, who had come in sec­ond, is now all set to gain con­trol of the ward. Once BMC rat­i­fies his po­si­tion as cor­po­ra­tor, Sena tally’s will go up to 91.

Asked if Fri­day’s de­vel­op­ments were trig­gered by BJP’s win in Bhandup, Ud­dhav said, “If in one day we could do so much, they must un­der­stand the strength of our party.”

MNS leader San­deep Desh­pande said the party would write to the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Bu­reau ask­ing it to “check fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions of the This is not just horse-trad­ing, but a be­trayal of prom­ise made to Mum­baikars. We have de­manded that Konkan com­mis­sioner, po­lice com­mis­sioner and the Anti- Cor­rup­tion Bu­reau in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter cor­po­ra­tors.” MNS’s Shirish Sawant al­leged cor­po­ra­tors were of­fered “in­duce­ments.”

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