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