Shiv Sena’s member Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was elected as the Mayor of Mumbai with the support of Bhartiya Janta Party.
Vishwanath Mahadeshwar becomes the 76th mayor of the city. He has earlier served as Chairman of BMC’s education committee along with it; he was also a member of standing committee.
He defeated Congress nominee Vitthal Lokare by the margin of 171-31.
After winning almost equal number of seats in elections, BJP decided not to stand against Shiv Sena for the Mayor’s post.
Those who were not interested:
Corporators of Raj Thackeray-led MNS did not turn for the house elections. And members from NCP and SP refrained too.
16 corporators remained neutral, eight were absent and one of the members from AIMIM did not cast his vote, though he was present in the House.
What CM has to say?
CM said, ‘ BJP will also not contest elections for the post of Deputy Mayor and for the standing improvement, education committees as well as for the posts of chairpersons in the BEST committee.’
BMC elections last month threw a sharp statement, ‘with the shiv sena emerging as the single largest party with 84 corporators, BJP second with 82. Congress won 31 seats, NCP won 9, and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena won 7, Samajwadi party 6, AIMIM 2, Akhil Bharatiya Sena 1 and Independent 5.