‘Thack­eray-Mahajan era ties are fin­ished’ In the city of Go­drej and Tata, there is no Parsi in BMC poll fray

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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.

Poonam Mahajan:

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