‘Thackeray-Mahajan era ties are finished’ In the city of Godrej and Tata, there is no Parsi in BMC poll fray
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament and national president of the BJP youth wing Poonam Mahajan on Thursday said both the BJP and Shiv Sena no longer shared a political equation akin to the one forged during the times of her father Pramod Mahajan and Sena founder Bal Thackeray.
“No one is to be blamed. This happens in politics. It is time to move on,’’ she said, but said she did not think the Sena would pull out of the government. “I am very sure the BJP-led government will survive until 2019 and there will be no stressful moments ahead in February,’’ said the MP from north central Mumbai. Mahajan, who had an interaction in the HT newsroom, ahead of the civic polls next week, spoke about why CM Devendra Fadnavis was the face of the polls, her party’s vision for Mumbai and the state of the alliance and 24/7 Mumbai, in a freewheeling chat. This is the third interview in the Coffee@HT series; the other two were with NCP’s Supriya Sule and Congress’ Sanjay Nirupam.
For the first time in 50 years, the illustrious Mehta family won’t be contesting the BMC polls from what used to be its stronghold — Mumbai Central.
The Mehtas are an example of how the Parsi community, which once played an important role in Mumbai’s politics, is no longer in the electoral race. The only Parsi in the current civic house, which will be dissolved after the February 21 elections, is Noshir Mehta, who is serving his fourth term.
Before him, his sister Anita (two terms) and father Rusy (five terms) represented the area in the past 50 years. This time, Mehta is not contesting because his ward has been reserved for other backward class (OBC) candidates following delimitation.