LATEST NEWS – In a fiercely fought elections to the 227-member BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the erstwhile ruling partners Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party failed to reach the magic figure of 114 required for simple majority.
Shiv Sena, who had for the first time diluted its Marathi Manoos plank by reaching out to all sections, has won 84 while BJP, who approached voters on the transparency front, bagged 81 seats, just three short. Technically, Shiv Sena has succeeded to retain its supremacy in BMC but has upped its tally by mere nine seats compared to 75 seats in 2012 poll. However, BJP’s rise has been stunning from mere 32 in 2012 .
BJP has also set to win eight out of the 10 major municipal corporations in Maharashtra where elections were held. Lotus bloomed across Maharashtra. The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who led from the front, has sailed through another big test. Of the 1,066 seats declared, BJP has won a record 521 seats. Of the 25 zilla parishads, BJP has shown sterling performance. A visibly relaxed Fadnavis attributed party’s victory to the anti-corruption policies implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He told reporters that BJP’s victory was due to the overwhelming support by voters for party’s transparency plank.
Fadnavis has also been credited with the BJP’s big gains in the first part of civic elections in the state held a few months ago, mostly at the cost of the Congress and NCP in their rural Maharashtra strongholds. In its campaign for the BMC, the BJP targeted the Shiv Sena over the poor state of Mumbai’s roads and other amenities as also over allegations of corruption, promising “transparency” and “transformation” if it was given control of the municipality. READ MORE