6 of 7 MNS corporators ditch Raj, join Shiv Sena
Mumbai: Six out of seven corporators of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) joined Shiv Sena on Friday, giving the latter, which helms the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, an edge over BJP.
Of late, relations between Shiv Sena and BJP, which are in alliance at the Centre and in Maharashtra, have been strained.
Shiv Sena’s strength in the BMC, the country’s richest municipal body, will now increase to 90, with eight more corporators than BJP has, a senior Sena member said.
MNS corporators Dilip Lande, Archana Bhalerao, Snehal More, Datta Narvankar, Parashuram Kadam and Ashwini Matekar joined Sena in presence of chief Uddhav Thackeray. Addressing the media after inducting the corporators, Uddhav, in an apparent reference to the fact that MNS is an offshoot of Shiv Sena, said nobody should accuse Sena of “poaching” as this was a “homecoming”.
“Poaching took place in Arunachal and Goa. Today, it was only ‘ghar wapsi’,” he said, adding that there was no ulterior motive behind the move, “They (BJP) must have realised our strength now, after seeing what we can do in a day.”
One of the six corporators, Lande, said the main reason behind joining Sena was “BJP’s plan to oust the Marathi mayor from his post”.
MNS spokesperson Avinash Abhyankar said if these corporators had defected, “appropriate action will be initiated against them”.