Mumbai: With the political impasse continuing in Mumbai with neither Shiv Sena nor BJP taking any overt step to cobble up a ruling combine even after three days of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls throwing up a fractured result; RSS ideologist MG Vaidya has suggested to “let BJP and RSS mayors rule for 2.5 years each”.
“Sena, being the single largest party in the BMC, should get the Mayor’s post first”, Vaidya added.
There was speculation that Sena may seek Congress’ support but the latter on Saturday said there was no question of supporting the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, meanwhile, said his party will join hands with Congress in all the municipal corporations and Zilla Parishads where elections were held this month.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has already ruled out the BJP seeking Congress’ help in the BMC.
Congress sources had said there was strong thinking in the party’s state unit that it should consider the helping Shiv Sena out, as a tactical move to widen the rift between the Sena and the BJP.
However, senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam had ruled out such a move on Saturday. Nirupam, however, did claim that Sena leaders had been “in touch with” Congress.
Sena won 84 seats in the February-21 election to the 227-member BMC, the country’s richest civic body. BJP was close behind, winning 82 seats, while Congress was a distant third with 31 seats.
Since 114 seats are required for reaching the simple majority mark, all eyes were on Congress. However, the party sources said it was wary of siding with “communal” forces, especially when it had made secularism its main plank in the Uttar Pradesh elections.
Sena on Saturday claimed that some Independent corporators were with it and have taken its tally to 89.