CM Fadnavis says BJP won't contest for BMC mayor post, paves way for Shiv Sena

04 March 2017, 11:42 PM
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis interacts with journalists in Mumbai. (ANI/Twitter)
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis interacts with journalists in Mumbai. (ANI/Twitter)

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that the BJP is not going to contest for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's mayor post. The announcement cleared the way for rival Shiv Sena which has a slight numerical advantage over the ruling party.

"We will not put up a candidate for mayor or deputy mayor for BMC. We will not be in the opposition, we will support the ruling party but will not compromise on transparency," ANI quoted Fadnavis as saying.

After the BMC election threw up a fractured result the political impasse continued between the two parties even as the leaders from both factions tried their best to find a formula to keep the situation calm.

Sena won 84 seats in the February-21 election to the 227-member BMC, the country's richest civic body. BJP was close behind, winning 82 seats, while Congress was a distant third with 31 seats.

First Published: Saturday, March 04, 2017 05:29 PM

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