Even as Shiv Sena might be on top during the BMC Election Result 2017, it has been largely been Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ Day. Under his leadership, his party has given a nek to neck fight to the Uddhav Party lead party. While the Shiv Sena has won in 84 seats in the Maharashtra capital, it was closely followed by BJP with 81, helping Devendra Fadnavis sail through in perhaps the first major challenge during his tenure.
Apart from Mumbai, the BJP has won most number of seats in major cities of the state. In Pune, the party won 77 out of 162 number of seats, in PCMC it won 38 seats (out of 128), in Nashik 51 (out of 122 seats) and Nagpur 58 (out of 151 seats).
The BJP has come in a position in which if required it can join hands with Shiv Sena in Mumbai. Both NDA partners had contested the elections separately amid accusations at each other. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had few day back alo said that if required his party can withdraw from the government in the state.
BJP leader and Member of Parliament Kirit Somaaiya has also hinted that if required his party can go on an alliance with Shiv Sena after the Mumbai Civic Polls, results of which are being declared today. Speaking to reporters, the senior party leader said that the transparency and development should be the common agenda and his party would do anything for the wellfare of the people of Mumbai. His son Neil, contesting from BJP, won from ward number 108.
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Anil Desai told reporters that there are several places in the city where the Shiv Sena is leading, which is due to peoples faith on late late Balasaheb Thackeray and his son Uddhav. When asked about aharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve’s visit to ‘Matoshree’ where Uddhav Thackeray lives, he said that it was a personal one.
The Congress party, which which was in distant third after the Sena and the BJP put the blame of the party’s internal differences of the party for its miserable performance. Senior party leader Narayan Rane said that when elections wer announced he had predicted that Shiv Sena would get maximum seats, now it has to be seen whether they get full majority. “But the way BJP was campaigning and how the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis insulted Uddhav Thackeray was not the way, Mumbaikars did not like, he said.
(With inputs from PTI)