Campaigning for the BMC elections took off to a hectic start on Sunday with MNS chief Raj Thackeray hitting the road in the western suburbs.Shiv Sena CEO Uddhav Thackeray addressed two election jamborees,slamming the inept and corrupt Congress-NCP rule in the state.
The estranged Thackeray cousins are locked in a keen fight to annex the cash-rich BMC,while Democratic Front partners Congress and the NCP are in alliance for the BMC polls as well to wrest the municipality from the Sena-BJP combine.But the never-ending spat between senior Congress and NCP ministers has put grassroots workers of both parties in a quandary.NCP-Congress ministers slamming one another in full public view has demoralized the workers of both parties, said a city Congress functionary on Sunday.
Rajs campaign cavalcade began its bumpy ride from Dahisar and wove its way through the populous suburbs of Borivli,Magatahane,Gorai,Charkop and Malad.By late evening,it reached the Vile-Parle-Santacruz-Juhu stretch.Huge crowds,especially young voters,greeted him along the way.His wife Sharmila campaigned for the MNS from an open jeep with her two children in tow.
The BJP,too,kick-started its poll campaign in many parts of the city.Our candidates made best use of Sunday.There is hardly any time left for the campaign.BJP candidates will go for street corner meetings and padyatras to contact voters, said city BJP functionary Atul Bhatkhalkar.
Candidates of the Republican Party of India (Ramdas Athavle) combed Dalit pocket boroughs in the eastern suburbs and central Mumbai,promising to end their civic woes.The party has a poll pact with the Sena-BJP alliance,which rules the countrys premiere civic body.
The parties were busy the whole day placating rebels.Sena rebel Raja Chowgule has refused to withdraw his nomination as an independent from Chembur.Ditto with Jyoti Alavani,the BJPs rebel candidate from Vile Parle.The MNS has its share of dissidents as well.They have refused to bow out of the race.
MNS mulls moving court
The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is mulling whether to approach the Supreme Court against the Bombay high courts Friday ruling rejecting the partys plea to hold a poll meeting at Shivaji Park.TNN