BMC: Suspense over alignments continues, Cong says won't back Sena
With no party securing a clear mandate in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, Shiv Sena, the single largest party, on Saturday expressed confidence that it would still bag the Mayor's post.
Sena leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut also denied that the party had approached Congress for support. "I can say that we have the maximum number of corporators and the Mayor will be only from Shiv Sena. The reports that we sought support from Congress are not true," Raut said, speaking to media at party headquarters in Mumbai on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Sena leaders discussed the future course of action at a meeting at the party headquarters in Dadar. Newly-elected corporators met the party chief, Uddhav Thackeray.
Meanwhile, following reports of back-channel talks between Shiv Sena and Congress to join hands in the BMC, Congress leader Gurudas Kamat on Saturday expressed his 'objection' to any such support to the Sena.
"I take strong objection to any discussion even, of having any tie up or indirect support to Shiv Sena in BMC," the All India Congress Committee General Secretary said in a letter. In the letter, Kamat stated that the Congress has fought against both the Shiv Sena and BJP and would not like to get involved in "their lust for power". He said: "We have fought against both saffron parties all along for their divisive policies and people will not spare us if we even attempt to align with them."
Kamat said he had informed Rahul Gandhi too.
On the other hand, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday: "We will take along those who come with us, but proceed without those who don't come with us."