Sena eyes PMC for share; BJP eyes BMC

Siddharth Gadkari
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Sanjay Bhosale, Shiv Sena party leader in PMC said, “We demanded a share in power in the PMC such as deputy mayor’s post and representation on committees. We spoke to senior Shiv Sena leader and Jan Sampark Pramukh of Pune district Bala Kadam. He will take the decision on our demand.”

PUNE: After the BJP and the Shiv Sena announced an alliance for the Lok Sabha and State Assembly elections, the Shiv Sena has started demanding a share in power in the PMC where the BJP is the ruling party on the grounds that “power sharing will help develop a close bond with the BJP”.  Meanwhile, the BJP has started demanding implementation of the same formula in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), where the Shiv Sena has the majority. 

Recently, the Shiv Sena leaders in the PMC, started demanding a share in power after announcement of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. On the basis of the alliance, the Sena wants seats on civic committees and the deputy mayor’s post. 

Sanjay Bhosale, Shiv Sena party leader in PMC said, “We demanded a share in power in the PMC such as deputy mayor’s post and representation on committees. We spoke to senior Shiv Sena leader and Jan Sampark Pramukh of Pune district Bala Kadam. He will take the decision on our demand.”

In Pune, the BJP has a majority in the PMC after winning 98 seats out of 162. The Shiv Sena won only 10 seats. There was no alliance in the civic polls in 2017. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Bala Kadam, Jan Sampark Pramukh of Shiv Sena said, “We discussed the power sharing issue with the PMC Leader of the House Shrinath Bhimale and Mayor Mukta Tilak. They asked for a letter containing our demand. We have given the letter to them.”

“The same demand was raised in the Zilla Parishad and Gramphanyat. Earlier, we decided to go solo and now we have formed an alliance with the BJP. So, power sharing will will help develop a close bond with the BJP,” Kadam further said.

In Mumbai, the situation is different. Out of 227 seats, the Shiv Sena won 84 seats and came to power, where the BJP was short of two seats (82) in the BMC election. The BMC is the stronghold of the Shiv Sena and they don’t want to share power with any other party. 

When asked whether the same formula would be implemented in BMC, Kadam said, “The PMC and BMC have different situations. In Pune, we were in the opposition. In BMC, the BJP gave us unconditional support. However, it is not for me to take the decision. Senior leaders of both parties will take the final decision.” 

Mayor Mukta Tilak said, “If we implement the power-sharing formula in the PMC or other corporations where the BJP is in power, the Sena would also have to share power with the BJP. We will demand the same. However, the decision on power sharing will be taken at a higher level.”

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