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Why to haste? Wait for sweets, says Uddhav Thackeray as Mumbai gives Shiv Sena razor-thin edge over BJP
The game of who blinks first has begun for the post of mayor in Mumbai after the BJP finished just two seats short of its estranged ally Shiv Sena.
It is not yet clear whether the saffron allies, who share power both in Maharashtra and at the Centre, will get back together or new combinations will emerge.
Atul Shah contested from ward number 220 in Girgaum, a Shiv Sena stronghold, and his main rival Surendra Bagalkar of Sena won the same number of votes: 5,496.
Some Shiv Sena workers, who were celebrating the party's lead, burst crackers outside BJP's office on Dadasaheb Phalke Marg in Dadar, leading to a clash between supporters of the two parties.
The current trends show that the party would slip from its second position to that of the distant third failing to hold many of its seats that it had won the last time.
Sena MP Anil Desai exuded confidence that there will be no need for them to forge an alliance with BJP in the Mumbai civic body.
There are nine candidates contesting from ward 214 in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, including those from Congress, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Shiv Sena.
Varun Dhawan, who went to cast vote in the 2017 BMC polls, was not allowed as his name was missing from the voter list.
Sena, an ally of the BJP at the Centre and as well as at the Maharashtra Government, will be facing off each other after deciding to part ways.
The local body polls would be witnessing a high pitch battle between the BJP, the Shiv Sena, the Congress, the MNS and the Nationalist Congress Party.
Fadnavis said in the Assembly polls of 2014, we showed them our capabilities and therefore, we will not require Shiv Sena support in BMC.
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray today raked up the 2001 "bribery" episode involving then BJP president late Bangaru Laxman.