Mumbai – Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had declared that his party, BJP, would not sit on the opposition benches in the BMC. But all eyes are set on BJP’s decision whether it supports Shiv Sena’s candidates for mayor and deputy mayor’s posts or not. The party either has to vote in support of Sena candidates or to accept the post of leader of opposition in the BMC.
The election of Mumbai mayor and deputy mayor’s posts will be held on Wednesday. Sena has nominated Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and Hemangi Worlikar for these posts respectively while Congress Party has fielded Vitthal Lokre and Winnie D’Souza in this election. The BJP has emerged as the second largest party with 84 corporators while Sena has the support of 88 corporators. The BJP has announced that it will not contest mayor and deputy mayor’s posts as well as other posts in the BMC committees. The party had also announced that it will not play the role of official opposition party despite getting the second largest number of corporators in the BMC.
Though the BJP has announced its stand, it will be recognised as the opposition party as the party with second largest number of seats is not in the coalition with the ruling party. The leader of this party is elected as the leader of opposition. There is no clarity in the BMC rules on the situation arising out of the refusal of the second largest party to accept the post of opposition leader.
It means that the BJP either will have to support the Sena candidates or to accept the tag of the opposition party.