Mumbai – Shiv Sena is trying its best to get the magic numbers to win Mayor’s post in the BMC. The party’s efforts to get the support of Akhil Bharatiya Sena’s lone corporator Geeta Gawli seem to have gone in vain. Senior Sena leaders Subhash Desai and Eknath Shinde had called Gawli at the Shiv Sena Bhavan for discussion. Gawli has reportedly asked the chairpersonship of BMC health committee and membership of the standing committee for five years.
As per sources, Geeta Gawli has given a preference to take her jailed father Arun Gawli out of jail. Due to the need to prove their majority, Shiv Sena and BJP are seeking support from independent corporators. As Gawli is also an independent corporator, her support has become crucial in the mayoral election. Gawli’s party had extended support to Shiv Sena in previous elections but this time it may favour the BJP. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis also holds the portfolio of home department and the party may assure Gawli the release of her jailed father.
Accordingly, Geeta Gawli is being reportedly invited at ‘Varsha’, the official residence of the chief minister, for discussion regarding her support to the BJP.