BJP withdraws from Mumbai Mayor race

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Mar 2017 08:44:11


MUMBAI,

Mar 4,

(Agencies),

BJP ready to offer support to Shiv Sena but would not take any post, declares Fadnavis

IN a sudden development, the Bharatiya Janata Party has withdrawn from the race for post of Mayor of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The BJP decision would pave the way for a Shiv Sena Mayor to sail through easily at the elections scheduled on March 8.
Announcing the decision, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, BJP is ready to offer support to the Shiv Sena but would not take any post, including of Deputy Mayor, Leader of Opposition, or chairmanship of any committees.


“The people of Mumbai voted overwhelmingly for the BJP as they believed in our agenda of transparency in the civic administration. Shiv Sena emerged as the single largest party while we were two seats behind them. We did not get the numbers to have a Mayor of our own,” Fadnavis told reporters. Fadnavis added that the BJP corporators would serve as “soldiers of transparency” and keep a watch over the BMC administration - which will now be solely in the hands of the Sena.


The Chief Minister said the State Government will set up a committee comprising former bureaucrats Ramanath Jha, Gautam Chaterjee and Sharad Kale to make recommendations on how to bring transparency in all the municipal corporations. “The committee has been given three months to come up with recommendations,” said Fadnavis.


He also announced he would request the Maharashtra Lokayukta to appoint
a Deputy Lokayukta exclusively for Mumbai to ensure a transparent city administration.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena welcomed BJP’s stand. “We are thankful to the Chief Minister that he finally understood and respected the sentiments of people, who are with the Sena and support the party,” Shiv Sena Minister Diwakar Raote said.