Shiv Sena to go alone in NMC, ZP polls

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2017 11:08:28

Staff Reporter,

Shiv Sena has decided to contest civic body and Zilla Parishad elections independently in Nagpur. Even during last elections, the Shiv Sena had electoral understanding with Bharatiya Janata Party, but could achieve moderate electoral success due to its limited presence only in certain pockets of Nagpur. Since BJP was in no mood to concede and accommodate Shiv Sena in the changed political situation, the Sena leaders have decided
to snap ties with the BJP in local elections. Even during recently held Municipal Council polls, both the parties had contested separately.

The decision not to forge pre-electoral ties was taken in a meeting of Shiv Sainiks held recently. A convention of Shiv Saniks will be held on January 11 at 4 pm at Sai Sabhagruh, Shankar Nagar Square to formally inform them about the decision.

Sampark Pramukh Tanaji Sawant chaired the meeting while Satish Harde, District President Former MP Prakash Jadhav, former MLA Ashish Jaiswal, District Chief Satish Harde, Sandeep Itkelwar, Kiran Pandav, Kishor Kumeria, Mangesh Kashikar, Rajesh Tumsare, Suraj Goje, Sharad Sarode, Alka Dalal and others were present in the meeting.

The party has decided to contest on its own without forming electoral alliance with any body in the orange city. The party leadership has asked the Shiv Sainiks to win maximum seats in the Zilla Parishad and NMC. According to Sena leaders, it will
pave way for the party workers, who did not contest the election due to pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The new strategy of the party will help the Sena to create its own political space in Nagpur.
BJP did not resolve the critical problems of the orange city, alleged Sawant. He also opposed the four member Prabhag system and claimed tha the new system would deprive common party workers from contesting elections.

After Tanaji Sawant was appointed as the Party contact chief, the Sena workers conducted several rounds of meetings and depending upon state-wide trend of alliance or pre-election pact, decision was to be finalised. BJP is already facing a problem of plenty and its own local heavyweights are fighting among each other to wrest ticket. There was very little chance to accommodate Sena and other outfits and at the most some seats can be given up for smallalliance partners like Ramdas Atahwale.

In 2012, at the last minute the alliance was finalised, but Sena’s performance was very dismal. During 2014 assembly elections, when BJP and Sena contested separately, the party could not muster many votes. Infighting within local units and lack of decisive leadership in every assembly segment has already weakened Sena’s presence. However, the party still has a committed cadre and workers spread over various segments and they have desired to contest the ensuing local body polls.