Mumbai Mayor elections: Last date to file nomination today; polls on November 22

Earlier in February 2017, Shiv Sena candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was elected as Mumbai Mayor with support of the BJP

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The two and a half year term of incumbent Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar is ending soon. With this, the last date of filing the nomination for Mayor elections is November 18 while the same is scheduled to happen on November 22. 

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced that they will not field their candidate for 2019 Mayor elections. BJP leader Ashish Shelar took to Twitter to announce that his party doesn’t have the numbers and doesn’t intend to ally with any opposition. 

However, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) extended its support to Shiv Sena for Mumbai Mayor polls. This happened amid the fallout of Shiv Sena from National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Earlier in February 2017, Shiv Sena candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was elected as Mumbai Mayor with support of the BJP. 

Mahadeshwar’s term came to an end in September 2019 but due to the assembly elections in Maharashtra, his term was extended till November. 

It is expected that Shiv Sena corporator Yashwant Jadhav may be elected as Mumbai Mayor. However, many Shiv Sena corporators are keen to be elected on this position. Jadhav is currently the chairman of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) standing committee.

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In the 2017 BMC elections, 84 Shiv Sena had 84 corporators while BJP had 82 corporator followed by 31 in Congress, seven in NCP and six in Samajwadi Party (SP). Later, six independent corporators join Shiv Sena.

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