After Congress faced its worst defeat in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation by winning a mere 31 seats out 227, it has said today that will not take any step which will help Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party gain complete control over the country’s richest civic body. Congress’ city unit chief Sanjay Nirupam told PTI that the decision of the people to defeat Congress which gave them a mandate to sit in the opposition is a decision they respect. But at the same time, their defeat does not mean that voters have given the victorious party, who fought a bitter battle the right to power. He said that the Congress will not extend it’s hand of help to non of the two parties, instead it wishes it’s fight aggravated and difference continued.
The main plank which BJP used in the BMC polls to gain votes was transparency and Congress challenges that very soon people will be aware of the real intentions of the party and how it indulges in horse-trading.
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The poll verdict in Mumbai is said to change the political equations since both the winning parties are in no position to rule the richest civic body on their own. It is still not clear whether BJP which shares power both at the Centre and at now at Maharashtra will join hands to rule at the Municipal level.
On 23 February the results for the BMC polls were declared in which Shiv Sena topped the tally by winning 84 seats and its estranged ally, BJP lagged behind only by 2 seats followed by Congress which managed to win only 31 seats. Back in 2012, Congress was in a desirable position with 52 seats registered under them and in 2007 it emerged as the winner by obtaining 75 seats.
After a terrible loss of Congress in the Mumbai Civic polls 2017, Sanjay Nirupam offered to resign after taking moral responsibility for the performance.