MUMBAI: Alleging a tacit understanding between the Shiv Sena and the Congress in BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, the BJP on Tuesday said that the Shiv Sena which once opposed the Valentine’s Day celebrations is now giving and accepting gifts on the day from the Congress.
The BJP also raised issue of corruption in BMC while releasing a list of Shiv Sena corporators whose wealth has increased several folds over the past few years and said that the debate in this BMC election would be centered around issue of corruption and transparency.
“From analysis of their affidavits filed along with election nomination, it has been revealed that the wealth of at least 20 Shiv Sena corporators has swelled between 150 per cent to around 4000 per cent. We would like the party leadership to throw a light on the occupation of these candidates that enables them to amass this much of wealth within a span of a few years,” education minister Vinod Tawde said.
Tawde also said that Shiv Sena has accepted a Valentine Day’s gift from the Congress in the form of understanding on 40 seats in the corporation.
“Shiv Sena had always opposed Valentine’s Day celebrations by targeting Archie’s shops that sold gifts for the day. But, now they have accepted 40 seats as gift from the Congress and given them 10 seats in return gift,” Tawde said. The Congress has assured the Shiv Sena that their candidates in at least 40 constituencies in Mumbai would keep their campaign low-key, facilitating Shiv Sena candidates’ victory. The Shiv Sena too has reciprocated the feat in similar manner on 10 other seats, Tawde added.
It may be known that city BJP chief Ashish Shelar had leveled a similar allegation against the Congress during finalization of nominations. “Congress has given weak candidates on 42 seats,” he had said back then.
On Tuesday, Tawde said that the two parties have entered into a tacit agreement on at least 92 out of 227 seats in BMC in this fashion.
Tawde also took a dig at Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray appealing him to concentrate on Mumbai’s civic issues and the transparency factor related to it rather than speaking on national and international issues.