Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Shiv Sena's Mahadeshwar is new Mumbai Mayor

Shiv Sena's Mahadeshwar is new Mumbai Mayor

The decks for his election were cleared recently after the BJP, locked in a battle with the Sena to reach the magic figure of 114 votes to rule the 227-member BMC, made a decision to hand a virtual walkover to the warring ally.

The Shiv Sena's Vishwanath Mahadeshwar has been elected as the new Mumbai mayor.

The Mayoral candidates in fray for the position were Vishwanath Mahadeshwar from Shiv Sena and Vitthal Lokare from Congress while Hemangi Worlikar of the Shiv Sena filed her nomination for the deputy mayor's post. Mahadeshwar is principal of the college. Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray had said that he was even considering ending its ties with the BJP at the State and Center.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday said the BJP's "vow of transparency" at Hutatma Chowk would have meaning only if all MLAs and cabinet ministers take a similar oath, adding the government's "commitment to transparency" would be credible only if the opposition leader, media and the Lokayukta were allowed to attend the state cabinet meetings.

Despite the show of hands during the election, the tension between the BJP and Shiv Sena corporators was palpable, with much competitive slogan shouting.

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The Shiv Sena has been ruling the BMC since 1997 though in alliance with BJP which was till recently a much junior partner but which won only two seats less than Sena this time around.

Four days back, the BJP abruptly withdrew from the mayoral race and chose to keep away from any other post like Deputy Mayor, or other major committees or sit in the opposition in the BMC.

The election was conducted by the current Mayor, Snehal Ambekar. As the House assembled to elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, BJP corporators, sporting saffron turbans, entered chanting, "Modi, Modi".

The mayor's tenure is for two and a half years. He has been a member of the education committee in one of his earlier terms.

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