An alliance is the only solution.
BMC election results 2017: After the BMC poll results on Thursday, Bharatiya Janata Party and its former ally Shiv Sena came out big winners, but neither party could not make it to the 114 figure required for governing the cash-rich civic body alone. BJP today won 82 seats just two seats behind Shiv Sena. An alliance is the only solution. Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray, who criticised BJP strongly on its demonetisation policy during its campaign and BJP too campaigned against its most trusted ally with whom they have stayed in power in Maharashtra for a long time. BJP on its part has been has been sending the signals that it does not want the bitterness of the campaign to continue.
But Thackeray’s comment, that the city Mayor would be from the Sena, may pose as a challenge for BJP. But it is certain that MNS, and Congress, who stand at 7, and 31 respectively after the results will not ally with BJP or Sena, and hence both the saffron parties will ahve to rethink and rebuild their alliance.
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When asked about this, Devendra Fadnavis said the party’s core committee will decide the future course of action. “All decisions for the party are taken by its core committee. Whether or not to go for an alliance will be decided when I, (Maharashtra BJP President) Raosaheb Danve, (Mumbai BJP chief) Ashish Shelar sit and look at the prevailing situation,” he told reporters here.
But said that ‘transparency’ would be the main criteria to decide on alliance. When Thackeray was asked about alliance he said, “What is the hurry? Wait for some time. We have not yet decided if an alliance has to be made or not. We will do so soon.”
State BJP president Raosaheb Danve told reporters, “Everybody needs to forgive and forget the allegations as well as the strong language used during the campaign. Now, the mandate is out and we respect it.”
Ten municipal corporations, 25 Zilla Parishads and 283 Panchayat Samitis went to polls on February 16 and 21. AIMIM won three seats on debut in the BMC elections, Samajwadi Party six, Akhil Bhartiya Sena one and Independents four.
In the outgoing civic body, Sena had 89 seats, BJP 32, Congress 51, NCP 14, SP 8, MNS 28, PWP 1, and Independents 4.
After Congress got shot in the arm with 31 seats, its city unit president Sanjay Nirupam offered to quit. Due Marathi votes consolidation raj Thackeray’s MNS fell from 28 in 2012 to 7 this time. NCP’s Sharad Pawar had admitted that the party did not have much at stake in the megalopolis.