Shiv Sena clash with Raj Thackeray, Eknath Shinde; ‘Such’ is BJP’s mission in Mumbai – Marathi News | BJP Mission BMC, With alliance of EKnath Shinde, MNS Raj Thackeray BJP to fight Uddhav Thackeray Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena clash with Raj Thackeray, Eknath Shinde; ‘Such’ is BJP’s mission in Mumbai – Marathi News | BJP Mission BMC, With alliance of EKnath Shinde, MNS Raj Thackeray BJP to fight Uddhav Thackeray Shiv Sena
Shiv Sena clash with Raj Thackeray, Eknath Shinde; ‘Such’ is BJP’s mission in Mumbai – Marathi News | BJP Mission BMC, With alliance of EKnath Shinde, MNS Raj Thackeray BJP to fight Uddhav Thackeray Shiv Sena

By Online Lokmat | Published: August 31, 2022 04:06 PM2022-08-31T16:06:12+5:302022-08-31T16:10:39+5:30

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After wresting power from Uddhav Thackeray through Eknath Shinde in Maharashtra politics, BJP is eyeing to capture Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with Raj Thackeray. Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena has dominated the BMC for almost three and a half decades.

In such a changed political environment, BJP Raj Thackeray’s party is trying to oust Shiv Sena from BMC by joining hands with MNS. Capture of BMC is BJP’s plan to rule Mumbai and establish political supremacy. Shiv Sena started from Mumbai itself.

Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray raised his voice in favor of local Bhoomiputras in Mumbai to strengthen the party’s base. The Shiv Sena was formed in 1966 and only five years later in 1971, the party was joined by Dr. SS Gupta was made Mayor. Shiv Sena never looked back after this.

In 1985, the Shiv Sena consolidated its dominance over the BMC to such an extent that no one could break it again. In the changed political environment in the state, the BJP has planned to undermine this strong stronghold of the Shiv Sena, and for this, it has also started trying to take Raj Thackeray with it. Frequent high level meetings are an indication of this.

Maharashtra BJP President Chandrashekhar Bawankule met MNS President Raj Thackeray at his residence Shivtirtha on Tuesday. A day before that, BJP national general secretary Vinod Tawde also met Raj Thackeray on Monday. On the same day morning, Raj Thackeray had reached his residence in Malabar to meet Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. BJP leaders’ growing friendship with Raj Thackeray is being linked to the BMC elections.

In the 2017 elections, the Shiv Sena contested the BMC elections alone and won 84 of the 227 seats, while the BJP won 82 corporators. Since BJP did not make any effort to establish the government at that time, it became easy for Shiv Sena to install the mayor. But this time BJP is trying to wrest power from the hands of Shiv Sena in Mumbai as well as in Maharashtra.

In this situation, BJP’s strategy is to capture Shiv Sena’s Marathi vote bank with the support of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde group and Raj Thackeray. Currently, discussions are going on between both the parties BJP and MNS regarding the BMC elections.

BJP sees in Raj Thackeray a strong speaker who can aggressively fight Uddhav Thackeray and Sambhaji Brigade. Even if Raj Thackeray will not win the seat in such a situation, BJP also knows that he can be a lifeblood for BJP. Raj Thackeray’s meetings will help create an atmosphere against Mahavikas Aghadi.

The BJP wants to induct Raj Thackeray’s MNS into the Scinde cabinet in Maharashtra so that they can become a strong force for the BMC’s electoral alliance. Raj Thackeray has seen his political future by contesting elections alone and now he sees an opportunity to strengthen his caste with the BJP.

In this situation, BJP can prepare for an alliance with MNS by giving 30-35 seats in BMC elections, as Shinde group will also be given seats. BJP wants to keep 150 seats for itself so that it can win as the largest party and become its mayor in Mumbai.

But a MNS leader said, “MNS wants to contest BMC elections. But BJP and Shinde group alliance should be reasonable. Another party leader said, “Rajsaheb will not surrender to BJP. It is said to be on its terms and conditions. So, no one is making an official comment on whether there will be a MNS-BJP alliance or not.

The article is in Marathi

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