After back-to-back defeats in the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections, the Shiv Sena may find it really tough to cling on to its rule in the MCGM, when the richest civic body in the country goes to polls in about a year’s time. When the MCGM- the budget of which is even bigger than that of some six Indian states put together – goes to polls in early 2012, the Sena’s biggest challenge would come from none other than its offshoot, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The MNS had won many seats and spoiled the chances of the saffron combine in many assembly constituencies in the metropolis in the recently held state assembly elections. The MCGM, which has 221 corporators, has been under Sena rule for well over two decades. It was here that the Sena tasted power in the early eighties, before making it big in state politics. Ruling the MCGM, with a budget of over Rs 13,000 crore, helps the Sena’s cause. But with the party facing a threat to its survival from Raj Thackeray, the battle for the MCGM will be a close affair. Bureau report NMTV News.
September 9, 2016