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Free for all between Shiv Sena, Congress, BJP, NCP, AIMIM in BMC polls 2017

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Mumbai: Preparations for BMC polls 2017 are reaching a fever pitch and the uproar has reached all four sides. Addressing a gathering in MankhurdMumbai, Sharad Pawar has accused Shiv Sena and BJP of maligning other political parties.

On the other hand, BJP leader Ashish Selar has accused Shiv Sena and the Congress of working hand in glove on forty two seats. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Rawat has said that after BMC nominations his party will end its support of BJP.

In response, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis claimed that after BMC nominations, Shiv Sena will not be required in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation.

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On the other hand, Congress and Samajwadi Party both are accusing All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) of dividing Muslim voters.

AIMIM has retaliated saying that if both parties had worked then it would not have required AIMIM to come to Mumbai in the first place. In short, the battle for polls is heating up.

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In the meantime, dissident candidates are giving all parties a tough time. A dissident candidate, though hardly ever having a chance to win a seat, is a major problem for every political party.

When a political party refuses a ticket to a local candidate, he can become rogue. He stands up as an independent candidate. Though such a candidate hardly ever stands a chance to win a seat, he poses a major problem of distracting voters and making them waste critical votes on him. Rogue candidates are either born of difference in perspective with their party or of localized public problems. Even the aim of rogue candidates appears mostly to be the cause of failure of some candidate than the success of any one political party.

Besides, every party is struggling with its own internal conflicts. Congress appears to be most plagued by internal conflicts. Accusations are raining on Mumbai Congress Chief Sanjay Nirupam from all four sides.

Gurudas Kamat had announced not to participate in the polls but Congress is feeling the heat because of him.

AIMIM has arrived on political scene with a bang and is standing tall with its tall promises, though this is its first BMC election. Keeping a strong Muslim identity, this party is posing strong threats to both SP and Congress.

Dissident Congress corporators Waqarunnisa has joined MIM and there is no denying that is a big loss for Congress. MIM candidates hail from Madanpura and the party’s hopes are high. MIM has entered the fray prepared and strong. AIMIM’s biggest strength are its firebrand speakers including Akbaruddin Owaisi and Asaduddin Owaisi.

Since AIMIM has no history in BMC elections, so it is free from all controversies that plagues and dims the image of other political parties. MIM claims to prioritise rectifying the injustice on the Muslim community. Despite this aim, MIM has given tickets to some non Muslims a well.

After working together for 25 years, Shiv Sena and BJP are hurling accusations at each other to their heart’s content. BJP leader Ashish Shelar has accused Shiv Sena and Congress of working hand in glove to secure 142 seats. On the other hand, Shiv Sena has retaliated by saying that since Shilar is the Vice President of Mumbai Cricket Association, he sees match fixing at every corner. On one hand Shiv Sena is fighting with Raj Thakrey, on the other hand it is tussling with BJP. Nav Nirman Sena is still dominating the Parqar seat of Dadar. Dadar area is considered very important among the Mararthis and Nav Nirman Sena dominates here. Almost all districts around here are dominated by NMN.

On the other hand, attacks against BJP are increasing in frequency. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Rawat has threatened BJP that it is ‘on notice’ in the area. Even before this threat, Sharad Pawar has predicted the fall of BJP in the area.

The truth behind these threats will of course only been proven after the results of BMC polls are out. Though the fact remains that if Shiv Sena decides to abandon BJP in the state polls, BJP can retaliate by leaving Sena stranded during the central polls.

Theirs is a mutual need. Just as BJP needs Shiv Sena’s support in the state, the latter needs the other’s back during the central elections. Shiv Sena has surprised everyone by its refusal to join hands with Nav Nirman Sena. Watchers surmise that perhaps it is to keep a secret place reserved for the long term but now ex-ally BJP. (Translated by Nabila Habib from Urdu Times, Mumbai)

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