The BJP has decided not to put up a candidate for the post of mayor or deputy mayor in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. "We will not be in the opposition, we will support the ruling party but will not compromise on transparency", CM said. He also said that BJP corporators will act as "watchdogs" for "transparency in civic affairs", thereby indicating that the BJP will act as the critic as well as a supporter of the Sena in the BMC as per BJP's whims.
The results of BMC Elections were declared on February 23, in which Shiv Sena had won 84 seats, BJP had 82 seats, Congress had won 31 seats, MNS- 7 seats, Samajwadi Party - 6, AIMIM - 3 seats, ABS - 1, others - 5.
The "All is well that ends well" also reveals that between BJP and the Sena, there is a tacit understanding of going solo (to expand individual base) or forging an alliance (to make Maharashtra "Congress Mukt") to serve the saffron cause. The BJP had won 82 seats, while the Sena had bagged 84.
The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) decision to stay away from the mayoral contest and support the Shiv Sena, without sharing power, is likely to come at the cost of the city's governance. All our corporators will work as soldiers of transparency in the BMC.
The Shiv Sena's Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and Hemangi Worlikar filed nominations for posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively, but the BJP's decision to step aside has ensured that the Sena candidates' victory is mere formality.
Fadnavis also stated that the government would request the Lokayukta to appoint a separate Uplokayukta specifically for Mumbai so that administration can become more transparent. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Ashok Chavan said, "During the campaign, BJP had accused Sena of extortion, corruption and mafia activities". If the BJP had created hurdles for the election of a Sena mayor, the strain would have spilled over to the state government too. "We are happy that the chief minister has accepted Mumbaikars' mandate and the BJP will support our nominees", Raote said.
The BMC mayoral elections will be held on March 8. "Unlike the original scheme, the project-affected persons in BMC projects as well as slum dwellers on BMC-owned land will be given priority and will be rehabilitated before others", said Vishwasrao.