Bhiwandi – Congress and Shiv Sena joined hands to form a majority in Bhiwandi and the posts of Myor and Deputy Mayor has been filled by their candidates. Javed Dalwi, a senior corporator of Congress defeated BJP’s Prakash Rajaram Towerey to snatch the post of Mayor. Similarly, Shiv Sena corporator Manoj Motiram Katekar defeated BJP’s Shaheen Farhaan Siddiqui for the post of Deputy Mayor.
During the Election of Deputy Mayor, the Nomination Election Officer rejected the nomination of Congress candidate Prashant Lad quite dramatically. Following this rejection, all Congressmen present voted unanimously in favour of Shiv Sena candidate Manoj Katekatr. The defeat of BJP sent a ripple of joy among the residents of the area.
Before the election of Mayor this Friday, Municipal Commissioner Dr Yogesh Mahse, in the presence of Prant officer Santosh Thete, under the supervision of Deputy Collector Jivan Galande received the names of various candidates from different parties. The candidates were: from BJP Sumit Patil and Shaheen Farhaan Siddiqui, from Konark Vikas Aghadi was Raghunath Patil, from Shiv Sena were Tushar Yashwant Chaudhary and Krishna Madan Naik. These candidates took back their nominations and as a result the competition remained just between Congress candidate Jave Dalwi and BJP candidate Prakash Towerey. Here the BJP lost to Congress by 34 votes.
In a surprising twist, for the election of Deputy Mayor, the name of Congress candidate Prashant Lad was rejected because his name was nominated by Swati Kiran Bhagat but she had also nominated Abbas Ali Jalil Ahmad Ansari of Samajwadi party. This mistake by Congress came as a surprise for all.
Citizens of the city were elated by the majority of Congress, but were also anxious about the power Shiv Sena enjoyed as the only party that Congress could join hands with. People clearly wanted a wholly secular party in power, and the inclusion of a communal party like Shiv Sena had many worried. To topple all communal parties from the scene, te Muslim parties and Maharashtrian parties need to join hands. Only then will BJP be removed completely from Maharashtra.
Translated from Inquilab by Nabila Habib