Six MNS members joined Shiv Sena as BJP made them wait

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 14 October 2017

Sources informed said that these six corporators had actually met BJP Mumbai city president Ashish Shelar earlier and asked him to arrange for their cross over to the BJP but Shelar and BJP's Mumbai unit consulted the State leadership and asked them to hold on for a while.

Mumbai/Pune: The six municipal corporators of Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) who joined the Shiv Sena on Friday, originally had plans to join the BJP but were made to wait too long, said sources in the Shiv Sena on Saturday. Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray made swift moves when he learnt about these corporators wanting to quit Raj Thackeray's party and facilitated their entry into the Sena, said a top leader of the party.

The by-election result in Bhandup constituency of Mumbai which went in favour of the BJP on Thursday gave BJP's MP from North East Mumbai Kirit Somaiya the confidence to say that his party would now be looking at occupying the mayor's chair in Mumbai. This statement by the BJP leader angered the Sena so much that to consolidate their position in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Sena quickly arranged the crossover of MNS members adding six to their tally in the house.

Sources informed said that these six corporators had actually met BJP Mumbai city president Ashish Shelar earlier and asked him to arrange for their cross over to the BJP but Shelar and BJP's Mumbai unit consulted the State leadership and asked them to hold on for a while. The Sena got to know about these developments and quickly arranged the defection so trump the MNS as well as the BJP.

Shiv Sena's Anil Parab and two other leaders were given the responsibility of bringing these six faces to the Sena fold. Now, the BJP has reacted very strongly to the developments.

Somaiya alleged that there was horse trading behind this crossover and he had decided to file a complaint with the State Election Commission over this defection. The anti-defection law does not apply to the Mumbai Municipal Corporation members so it is uncertain whether any case can be heard in this matter.

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