It’s election season in Maharashtra, where zila parishad and civic elections are being held in various cities and towns. The most important is the BMC elections in Mumbai, where the stakes are high since BMC commands a staggering budget of Rs 37,000 crore. Shiv Sena and BJP are the top contenders for BMC, with Shiv Sena winning 84 seats and BJP winning 82. The gain of these two parties has become the loss of others, with Congress, NCP and MNS losing much of their hold in BMC elections. Congress party’s city unit chief Sanjay Nirupam has offered his resignation for the party’s poor show in BMC elections. He posted a tweet that read, “With all humility, I take the responsibility of defeat of Party in #BMCPolls2017. Hence, I have offered my resignation from the post.”
Pankaja Munde from BJP has also offered to resign after the party lost eight out of 10 zila parishad or district council seats in Ms Munde’s hometown Parli in Beed district. The region is considered a stronghold of BJP, and yet the party lost the zila parishad elections. However, Raosaheb Danve, chief of the Maharashtra BJP, has refused to accept her resignation. Danve said that wins and losses happen in elections and resignations do not necessarily solve the problem. Danve added that the party will look into the losses and try to find the right solution.