Mumbai, Nov 18 : Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) will not contest the mayoral election in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls to be held on November 22.
Interacting with media on Monday, party leader Manoj Kotak said, "BJP will not field a mayor candidate against Shiv Sena as we don't have the numbers in the corporation."
Asked whether the BJP would support the Shiv Sena candidate, he said the party is yet to take a call on the issue. In a tweet, BJP Mla Ashish Shelar said, '' Currrently, we are in minority in BMC and don’t even have enough numbers, but we will not tie up with the Opposition. However, in 2022, we will have our mayor with majority numbers''.
In 2017, both Shiv Sena and BJP fought separately, but the latter supported Sena's mayor candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar.
Now, the BJP could apply for the post of leader of opposition in the BMC, the richest civic body in the country, sources said. Seeing the current political scenario, a big fight among the former allies seems imminent, the sources said. (UNI)