Mumbai : Now it’s very clear that the ruling Shiv Sena, one of the principal allies of the Maha-Vikas-Aghadi would not make an electoral alliance with the Congress in the ensuing BMC elections, to be held in 2022. The newly nominated Mumbai regional Congress committee chief Bhai Jagtap also made it very clear that he was not in favour of an alliance with the Shiv Sena for the BMC elections. Now the Sena is thinking that instead of a formal alliance, the party may have an ‘understanding’ with the Congress in key areas to defeat the BJP. In last civic elections, the Sena bagged 97 seats while BJP obtained 83 seats. The Congress has 29, NCP has 8 while the Samajwadi Party has 6 seats in the civic body.
Sena’s ”ekla chalo” plan was taken in the backdrop of Jagtap’s statement. Moreover, seizable Congress workers are also not interesting for making an alliance with the Sena in the coming civic elections. However, the , chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had last month suggested the ruling MVA allies, the Sena, Congress and NCP will fight all elections, including the BMC polls, together. Sena strategists also feel that it would be difficult for the party to adjust the Congress in an alliance since the Sena has for decades contested over 200 seats in the 227 member BMC.
Similar situation is also with the Congress that ruled the BMC several times. Earlier too, Congress leader Ravi Raja had announced that it would go solo the 2022 Mumbai civic body elections and there is no need for a tie-up with the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena.
Sena, which fought the Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019 in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had snapped ties with its decades-old ally over the chief minister issue, and joined hands with the NCP and Congress to form government in the state. Notably, BMC, the country’s richest civic body, has been controlled by the Sena for the last 30 years.
Following Sena’s exit from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the BJP had declared that it would contest the BMC elections 2022 on its own.