A splendid victory – Shiv Sena, BJP prove detractors wrong

published on February 18, 2012

The Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI alliance has won a splendid victory in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election, retaining control over the country’s richest civic body which presides over the destiny of the nation’s financial capital and possibly the most vibrant city. The Congress-NCP alliance, despite the bluff and bluster of those who had written off the Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI combine, has performed miserably. Instead of improving their tally, they have lost seats: The Congress alone is down from 76 to 50 seats.

On the other hand, the BJP has performed far better than its critics had predicted it would, increasing its tally by three seats. The most surprising performance has been that of Mr Raj Thackeray’s MNS which has not only bagged 29 seats (up from seven in 2007) in the BMC but also emerged as the single largest party in the Nashik Municipal Corporation election. It could, therefore, be argued that the MNS continues to play a spoiler for the Shiv Sena: Had Mr Uddhav Thackeray and Mr Raj Thackeray contested these round of civic polls as partners and not foes, the Congress and the NCP would have suffered further erosion.

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