December 17, 2016 2:29:43 pm
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said the BJPis ready for an alliance with the Shiv Sena for the forthcoming BMC elections in early 2017. However, he indicated that BJP would impress upon the alliance partner to consider two conditions. First, BJP would like to bring greater transparency and accountability in the functioning of the BMC. Secondly, Shiv Sena should consider the electoral growth of the BJP while determining the seat share.
The chief minister laid the conditions for the alliance during an informal talk with the media in Nagpur. The elections for BMC are scheduled early 2017. Fadnavis who is going to be the face of the BJP for the big battle against Sena, has already rolled mega-projects worth Rs two lakh crore in last two years for Mumbai.
The conditional alliance from the BJP is a pointer that pre-poll talks are not going to be a smooth affair. It is evident that seat share for total 227 wards will see BJP striking a hard bargain pitching for almost 50 per cent share to signal their growing organisational strength in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra.
In 2014, BJP bagged 15 assembly seats compared to Sena’s 14 seats for 36 seats in Mumbai. The BJP’s argument is seat sharing should be on ground reality.
The chief minister’s concern for transparent working in the BMC is part of the larger agenda to weed out corruption in administration including civic bodies. The Shiv Sena has been controlling the BMC for the last 15 years.
In last one year, BJP’s Ashish Shelar (MLA), Kirit Somaiya (MP) et al have been vehemently voicing their protest to expose the rampant corruption in the BMC. The two big scams which have been exposed related to road contracts and dumping ground.
Fadnavis reckons that Mumbai which is financial capital of India, cannot be seen lagging when it comes to providing the world class infrastructure. Apart from the mega – projects initiative through MMRDA and urban development department headed by him, Fadnavis has directed the BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta to tackle the issues of corruption firmly.
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