Political circles in Manahrastra are abuzz over who will control the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), as the civic polls have failed to provide any clear majority to any party. On the one side is Shiv Sena that has won the largest number of seats at 84 and not far behind is BJP that has won 82 seats. While Shiv Sena is definitely ahead in Mumbai, BJP has the advantage of having won eight of the 10 municipal corporations across Maharashtra. It may be recalled that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had called off the alliance between Shiv Sena and BJP before the civic elections. However, with BJP emerging as the second largest party in BMC, speculations are rife that Shiv Sena-BJP may be planning a reunion.
BJP leader Nitin Gadkari seemed quite optimistic about the Shiv Sena-BJP reunion, as he said that the changed equations leave “no option” for both parties, other than to reunite and take control of BMC, the country’s richest civic body. However, Gadkari also said that the final decision regarding the reunion will be taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray.
There are also speculations that Shiv Sena might join hands with Congress to take control of BMC. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena increased it count to 86 after two independent corporators joined the party today.