With the Shiv Sena in a last-ditch effort to keep his flock together necessitated by the ongoing political crisis, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will meet corporators of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday.
While Thackeray is holding meetings with district presidents to see where the party cadre stands, with most of the MLAs migrating to the Eknath Shinde camp, all eyes are on this meeting with the corporators.
A source said that after MLAs, after MPs, the next big split within the party is going to be between BMC corporators.
Shiv Sena leaders also claim that it will have an impact on the BMC elections to be held in October-November, which may cause further damage to the party.
Governing the BMC since 1989, the Shiv Sena’s strength stems from its control over the country’s richest civic body.
Why only BMC councilors?
Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources believe that Eknath Shinde is dominant in Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli and Ulhasnagar, while Navi Mumbai has been a BJP stronghold. So the only corporation that can still be with the Thackeray-led army is the BMC.
A Shiv Sena leader said the BMC had 84 elected councillors, which increased to 99.
Due to the breakup of Shiv Sena, the BJP has suffered a major setback for the post of mayor in the elections.
In Thane Municipal Corporation, Thackeray-led Shiv Sena leaders also say they will be wiped out. “There will be tremendous impact on Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar. We will be wiped out in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli, while Navi Mumbai will go to BJP’s account. We are already anticipating the damages,” said a Shiv Sena insider, adding that there will be “some” impact in the BMC if the party sees a clear split.
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However, there will be minor losses in Mumbai. MLAs are broken, workers are not. The real workers are still there,” the leader said.
Sources said the CM has met leaders of all the constituencies whose MLAs have left to join Shinde.
the opposition speaks
However, the opposition’s stand in BMC is different. One of the senior BJP leaders, who has closely watched the corporation’s functioning, says that corruption, non-performance and not providing adequate services will lead to the downfall of Thackeray’s army. “This would have happened even if there was no division from within,” said a senior BJP leader.
A senior BJP leader said, “Due to the performance of the leadership of the Shiv Sena, its party cadre and leaders will eventually leave the party, if they get a better option.”
There are many such answers which the public representatives are also looking for. What if Shinde camp gets the symbol? Who will be the real Shiv Sena of Balasaheb Thackeray?
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If not, will Shinde form a new party or merge with the BJP?
If yes, what will happen to those who take Shinde’s side but want to remain Shiv Sainiks?
Sources say that most of the doubts will be resolved in the councilors’ meeting.
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