Shiv Sena’s Hemangi Worlikar was today elected as the deputy mayor of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. She got 166 votes. The day also say, her party collegue Vishwanath Mahadeshwar becoming the mayor of BMC after much support. Mahadeshwar was the strongest contender for the post after BJP withdrew from the mayoral race. The BMC has 227 corporators and he was the consensus candidate. However, Mahadeshwar is facing legal trouble after a case has been filed in the court challenging his election.
Local leader of the Congress Dharmesh Vyas, who filed a petition, said, “As a principal of a government-aided school, he had suppressed the information that he was drawing a salary from government grants which makes him ineligible even to become a corporator.” The matter would be heard on April 6. Another independent candidate from the same ward, Mahendra Pawar too has filed a case alleging that a mayoral candidate has purchased his current flat by “flouting the rules”. The hearing in the matter will take place on March 23.
Calls and message sent to Mahadeshwar did not elicit any response. However, his close associate said that the petitioners are the ones who have lost elections and are leveling such “baseless” allegations after being “politically motivated”. Meanwhile, the civic administration has completed all its formalities to hold the election. Municipal Secretary Narayan Pathade said, “We are fully prepared to hold the mayoral election. The incumbent Mayor would preside the proceedings in which the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor would be elected.”
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Last Saturday, after a lot of speculations and drama in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had confirmed on that the BJP won’t put up a candidate for the post of Mayor or Deputy Mayor. The decision came after both Shiv Sena and BJP failed to get a clear mandate in BMC elections opening doors for many possible outcomes. Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray won 84 seats while BJP finished with 82 seats which were way short of required majority of 114.