Easy walk for Shiv Sena for BMC mayor post as BJP steps aside

FILE: Chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at a public event. (PTI File Photo )

FILE: Chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at a public event.
(PTI File Photo )

BJP has decided to step aside for its alliance partner Shiv Sena to have its Mayor and Deputy Mayor in resource rich Brihan Mumbai Corporation.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnvais who led his party BJP to a stellar performance in the state’s local body polls announced the party’s decision of not contesting for the position of Mayaor and Deputy Mayor.

He also made it clear that BJP won’t break the coalition by sitting in the opposition. He said: “We will not be in the opposition, we will support the ruling party but will not compromise on transparency.”
Fadnavis said: “BJP corporators will act as watchdogs of transparency in BMC.”
Devendra Fadnavis also rejected the claims of any threat to his government’s stability. He said: “No threat to my government, it is stable.”

BJP rules Maharashtra in an alliance with its old partner Shiv Sena but the relationship between both the parties are at best on tenterhooks.

Shiv Sena has often publicly criticised the BJP government’s policies at the centre including the demonetisation.

Both the alliance partners exchanged heated words in the run up to Maharashtra local body polls and eventually contested the electios separately.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thakerey even said that after local councils polls the party would decide on whether to continue supporting Fadnavis government in the state or not.