Shiv Sena's Vishwanath Mahadeshwar becomes Mumbai's 76th mayor

Posted March 09, 2017

Four independents had extended support to the Shiv Sena.

The decks for his election were cleared recently after the BJP, locked in a battle with the Sena to reach the magic figure of 114 votes to rule the 227-member BMC, chose to hand a virtual walkover to the warring ally.

Shiv Sena's candidate for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor elections, Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, on Wednesday emerged victorious and was elected the new Mayor of Mumbai.

Replying to a petition moved against him in the small causes court by two rival candidates alleging suppression of information while filing nomination for BMC polls, Mahadeshwar said he has not received any notices regarding it.

Corporators of the Raj Thackeray-led MNS did not turn up to the House for the elections.

Usually, the tenure of mayor is two and a half years.

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Sena, the junior partner of the BJP in the central and state governments, had contested the recent elections after breaking its alliance with the BJP, its ally in the BMC.

With his election, the Shiv Sena's hold over the Mayor's post continues for the fifth consecutive term.

Mahadeshwar, a three-time Sena corproator from suburban Santacruz, said he would try to tackle these issues with the collective efforts of all parties. Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray had said that he was even considering ending its ties with the BJP at the State and Center. Since the Sena doesn't have a clear majority, it will have to cobble up numbers every time when the civic house would be passing any proposals or resolutions.

Earlier, prior to the civic elections in Mumbai, Shiv Sena had parted ways with BJP and had made a decision to fight the elections separately. "We will support the ruling party, but will not compromise on transparency", Fadnavis had said.

Fadnavis said BJP will not contest elections for the post of deputy mayor of BMC and for the standing, improvement, education committees as well as for posts of chairpersons in the BEST committee. The BJP, however, emerged the biggest victor in the election claiming 82 seats in the BMC election and sweeping 8 of the 10 corporations that went to polls recently.